STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

V Muraleedharan: Forest wealth loot can’t happen without miniters’ knowledge

 Union  Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Friday visited various  places in Wayanad where reserved trees had been allegedly cut down illegally.

Published: 12th June 2021 06:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2021 06:29 AM   |  A+A-

V Muraleedharan along with BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan and CK Janu interacting with owners of leased land in Malankara, where rosewood trees were cut down

By Express News Service

KALPETTA: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Friday visited various places in Wayanad where reserved trees had been allegedly cut down illegally. In  Kalpetta, the minister visited places including the tribal colonies at Malankara and Avilattu near Vazhavatta. Muraleedharan had  written to Union Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a comprehensive probe into the massive tree felling recently. 

Speaking to the media, he said the massive tree felling in Wayanad, which is at risk of landslides, happened with the permission  of the government officials. When a major part of the Amazon  rainforest was destroyed by wildfires, constituents of the LDF, which is ruling the state now, had led protests saying that the government there had  not done enough to put out the fire. 

“Kerala is  said to be ruled by ‘people who care about climate change and  nature conservation’. It is during the same state government’s rule that so many trees were cut down. The responsibility for this is not limited to  government employees. Persons in the government are also involved. This would not happen without the knowledge of the ministers  concerned,” he said. 

Wayanad constituency is of national  importance, but the Wayanad MP is yet to respond on the issue. “Is he  (Rahul Gandhi) not aware of the issue till now or has he left the  constituency?” he asked.  He further alleged that the Left government in the state issues orders only for the mafia, takes action against the  officers who oppose the mafia and threatens those officers. 

“A strong and mass agitation will arise against this timber smuggling. It is learnt  that not only in Wayanad, reserved trees have been felled in  Thrissur and Idukki. The government hasn’t even estimated the number of trees added to the reserved category after the 1964 law was enacted in  the state.” Muraleedharan said he would meet Union minister Javadekar again in this regard.



Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • anthony

    Murleedharan remains totally silent on the Black money case involving the BJP President in Kerala.
    3 months ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp