A day of protests in Mandya

Urging to fulfil their demands and seeking a ban on illegal mining in Pandavapura taluk, various organisations staged separate protests in the city on Tuesday.

Raitha Sangha members, led by MLA K S Puttannaiah, staged an indefinite protest, near Sir M Visvesvaraya statue, against unabated illegal quarrying at Pandavapura taluk.

Speaking on the occasion, Puttannaiah pointed out that hundreds of illegal mining companies are using powerful explosives, looting natural resources. This would have an impact on Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) dam nearby. The department of Mines and Geology has failed miserably in checking illegal activities. There is no proper information on the number of quarries with valid licenses, as there is no clear mining policy in the state, he alleged.

Pointing out that the water level has crossed 110 feet mark at KRS, the MLA also urged the government to convene the Cauvery Irrigation Consultative Committee meeting and release water into the canals to enable agricultural activities in the region.

KSOU

The padayatra 'Save Karnataka State Open University' (KSOU) taken out by members of Akhila Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP), as part of 'Bengaluru Chalo', was welcomed by BJP leaders, school and college students, and members of various organisations here on Tuesday. They held a meeting at Sanjay Circle for half an hour and raised slogans against the government to vent their ire.

NREGA

Alleging that the officials have failed miserably in implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act works, Karnataka Prantha Krishi Kooligarara Sangha members staged a protest in front of the Zilla Panchayat.

The protesters carried vessels, firewood and brooms in a procession to vent their ire. They demanded jobs under NREGA for the residents of Sujjaluru, Banduru, Talagawadi and other villages. They alleged that the authorities are denying jobs and demanded allowance for the unemployed. They also demanded release of wages that is pending since four months.

Wine shop

Residents of Baiyyanadoddi village of Malavalli taluk, staged a protest, urging to shift a liquor shop, in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office, and submitted a memorandum.

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