Mangaluru, July 28, 2015 : It is reported that Gramabhivruddhi Horata Samithi President Mahesh Shetty Thimarodi said though sand is collected from river banks in villages, Gram Panchayats are not been given permission to distribute permits for sand mining.
The power is centralised and even though sand is the property of respective villages, Gram Panchayats have no say in the issue.
Though lot of revenue is generated through sand mining, Gram Panchayats are always short of funds and no royalty is paid to Gram Panchayats falling in respective areas where sand is being extracted. He maintained that right to issue sand permits be given to Gram Panchayats.
Samithi Honorary Advisor Vardhaman Durgaprasad Shetty said villages will attain self reliance only when power is decentralised. But, in the present situation, Gram Panchayats are deprived of adequate funds, even though natural resources in the villages are exploited by government. The power to use the resources in the villages should be given to the respective Gram Panchayats so that they can generate sufficient funds which will be utilised for development of village.
Shetty said the committee will consult all 212 Gram Panchayats in the district and request them to send resolution to the government towards obtaining sand mining rights. He added that the government should take a decision in this regard within two months, or else the committee will fight legally. Committee Vice President Anand Kulal Yedthur, General Secretary Sandeep Shetty Maravoor and Talapadi Gram Panchayat member Vaibhav were present as well as many concerned citizens.