Udupi: Former MP K Jayaprakash Hegde alleged that the wrong policies of the State government was responsible for the sand extraction problem. He was speaking at an indefinite dharna on the issue of sand extraction organised by the Karnataka Karmikara Vedike in front of the Clock Tower.
"The government had appointed a committee on the issue and it had submitted its report. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had held two to three meetings on the issue. But no solution could be found for the problem. There is strong suspicion that the government did not have a proper idea of the problem in the coastal districts. This is because the local leaders had not provided the government proper information about the problem," hegde said.
He said that when issues such as jallikattu and kambala have confronted State governments, they were quick in bringing in legislation on them.
“It was a mystery why the State government was not amending the necessary laws to permit sand extraction in the coastal districts,” Hegde said.
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