Posts Tagged ‘K G Bopaiah’
Friday, July 27th, 2012
Claiming that the World Heritage Tag will have adverse effects on people’s life in Coorg, Bopaiah said that he will resign from the Speaker’s post if it need be, a move seen as a tactic to pressurize the BJP Govt in Karnataka to accept his demands. He was quoted in DNA stating;
I would not have been a Speaker if there was no Kodagu. For me, Kodagu comes first and later is the question of my state and country. I cannot compromise on the interests of Kodagu. I am ready to quit the post of Speaker, but cannot give up Kodagu.
Bopaiah found support in the assembly as the house adopted the resolution opposing the heritage tag. The forest minister C P Yogeshwar is also contemplating a mission to the central govt to request a cancellation of the heritage tag given to western ghats. He also said that he had written twice to the central govt regarding the same, but had not received any reply from them.
The minister had previously rejected a new tiger reserve proposal for the state from the Center stating;
The tiger population has increased in the state; we don’t want yet another reserve
JD(S) Leader M C Nanaiah had rapped the minister for his knowledge and callous attitude about issues concerning man-elephant conflict in Coorg.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Virajpet MLA & Karnataka Assembly speaker, K.G.Bopaiah lost his cool with the reporters who queried him about his opposition to the World Hertiage sites in Coorg.
According to Deccan Herald; Bopaiah made his displeasure with UNESCO quite evident and shot back stating:
“I will soon write to the authorities concerned condemning the move. Forest is our base, we were born there. Our ancestors have protected the forest for many years. People of Kodagu need not be taught how to protect the forest,”
As reporters hard pressed him on his opposition and ignoring the benefits of being a World Heritage site. Bopaiah said;
“Give us a separate state and we will show you how to protect the forest.”
Matters escalated when a overenthusiastic reporter tried to drag the all the Coorgs into the reporting repertoire and asked Bopaiah;
“Whether Kodavas considered Kodagu their private property?”
Bopaiah hit back stating;
“Yes, it is our private property… I speak like this only”
Not wasting time in taking advantage of the situation, the Karnataka State Congress President told reporters;
“We are in a federal system. Bopaiah who holds a responsible position shouldn’t be making provocative statements, which could divide the State. Bopaiah should apologise to the people of the State. The Congress will take up the matter in the Assembly,”
According to a report in DNA, Bopaiah has clarified his stance and said he had not made any divisive statement while talking about preservation of forests.
Friday, July 6th, 2012
Bopaiah, the Virajpet MLA and Assembly speaker after inaugurating the commercial complex of Kodagu Coffee Growers’ Co-operative Society at B M Road in Hunsur on Thursday, said that the Govt is contemplating a decision to aid the Coffee Planters, soon. He further added that the Central Govt has released Rs 700 crore to the State based on Vaidyanatan report on Co-operative credit of which Rs 5.35 crore has been released to Kodagu district.
Society President M B Devaiah said that the Society has incurred a loss of Rs 14 crore and attempts were being made to strengthen the Society with the help of elected representatives.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
The CEC(Central Empowered Committee) constituted by the Supreme Court for looking into the 2008 case pertaining to a illegal road formed in the Pushpagiri Reserve Forest, has asked the Supreme Court to take action against Virajpet MLA & current Speaker of Karantaka Assembly, Mr. K.G Bopaiah, the Madikeri MLA, Mr. M.P. Appachu Ranjan; the ex-MLC, Mr. S.G. Medappa, and the then Kodagu Deputy Commissioner, Mr. M.K. Baladevakrishna, and Conservator of Forests, Mr. G.A. Sudarshan for willfully violating provisions of the forest and wildlife acts and its orders pertaining to these laws within wildlife sanctuaries in the state.
The story so far;
- On December 28,2008, the accused ignoring legal warnings and a stay order from supreme court, swoop down at Pushpagiri Reserve Forest with a posse of policemen and villagers and start construction of the road. The then DCF(Deputy Conservator of Forests) of Madikeri, Anil Kumar Rathan rushes to the spot with forest officials to stop the construction and gets into an argument with the accused. The DCF and his officials are warned by the accused not to interfere.
- Air Marshal(Retd) Cariappa takes the matter to the court. The Supreme Court constitutes the CEC to look into the matter. CEC issues notice to all the accused asking them to appear before the Supreme Court.
- Meanwhile, disciplinary action is taken against the then Conservator of Forests G.A. Sudharshan in another case of tree felling in a reserve forest during his tenure and he is suspended by the Govt, later re-instated.
- The DCF Mr. Anil Kumar Rathan is suddenly transferred out of Coorg. Allegedly at the behest of the accused.
- CEC visit Coorg to inspect the location. The accused tell the CEC that the disputed land belongs to one “Saroja”. CEC officials are offered royal treatment by district administration.
- Circa 2012. CEC submits the report, indicting the accused and asks the Supreme Court for stern intervention against them.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Preparations are on full swing to greet CM Sadananda Gowda who will visit Coorg on Jan 2 to unveil the statue of freedom fighter Guddemane Appayya Gowda.
Virajpet MLA & Assembly speaker K G Bopaiah inspected the works on friday to make sure all the arrangements are in place to receive the CM.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
The Karnataka Forest Department seems to have lost the Lokayukta report indicting and recommending action against G.A. Sudarshan, the Conservator of Forests(presently serving Shimoga), for his involvement in letting the timber mafia chop down trees in the Western Ghats forests in Kodagu in return for a bribe back in 2007. In a apparent move to buy more time instead of taking action against the Conservator of Forests, they have asked the Lokayukta to send a new copy to them.
Following the disclosure, G.A. Sudarshan was suspended in 2007, only to be reinstated and brought back to Kodagu at the best of the BJP ex-President Sandanada Gowda. But when things got to heat up after Air Marshal K C Cariappa filing a petition on the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court’s Central Empowerment Committee taking note, he was transferred out of Coorg.
A committee headed by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests in a report had submitted that the officer was solely responsible for felling 3,750 trees in virgin, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and granted permissions to widen roads in forest areas violating Forest (Conservation) Act 1980.
The Virajpet MLA and Speaker, K.G.Bopaiah had even tried to pressurize the ex-cm B.S.Yeddyurappa to reinstate the tainted forest officer and that too – back to Coorg.
Sudarshan somehow got his job back and he is now conservator of forests (plans and survey), Shimoga.
The former Lokayukta cheif Justice Santosh Hegde has warned the forest department and told them that he knows how to deal with them.
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
The State Govt has decided to reject the proposal of UNESCO to allow certain contagious areas in Western Ghats to be nominated as UNESCO World Heritage site. The state govt is going to write to the center refusing UNESCO the permission for the same.
The Forest Minister C H Vijayshakar was quoted in Times of India saying;
There is no benefit from the tag. We have to protect and develop the areas, while Unesco doesn’t give any grants. The international body has no laws, guidelines or schemes. Moreover, once these areas are declared as World Heritage Sites, we won’t be able to take up any developmental activities. Why should we allow someone else to control us?”
The Minister also said they have taken the decision to oppose is because - all political representatives in the area are opposed to the move.
An ecstatic former MLC A.K. Subbaiah was quoted in The Hindu stating;
I welcome the decision of the government. The refusal was absolutely necessary to defeat the “mischief” of certain pseudo-environmentalists and the State government needed to be congratulated on this score, Mr. Subbaiah said. He said the timber lobby would not benefit from the decision as made out by the environmental groups.
Nanda Subbaiah, former president Siddapur Kodagu Small Growers’ (Coffee) Association, said;
the decision of the State government to oppose the idea would help the common people, particularly in Kodagu. The people nursed fears of displaced from their lands in the event of World Heritage Site recognition.
Rebutting the pseudo-environmentalist tag, The Secretary of Coorg Wildlife Society, Tarun Cariappa had the following to say;
We have been accused about a lot of things lately, being pseudo-environmentalist, getting foreign funds, etc. We would like to make it clear that we have never been in access of foreign funds. And we have even asked the Honorable Speaker and MLA from Virajpet Mr. K.G.Bopaiah to conduct an inquiry if he thinks that we are getting foreign funding for our activities. We do support the inclusion of 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries & 2 Reserve Forests in Kodagu to be added to UNESCO World Heritage site, which forms a crucial part of Western Ghats. At the same time we would like to reiterate that CWS has not proposed to the Centre or UNESCO to include the sites to World Heritage List. It was the Central Govt which has requested the same. CWS and the people of Kodagu can only wonder why are the political representatives and other organisations are so much opposed to UNESCO’s plan to declare the already protected areas of the 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries & 2 Reserve Forest areas in Kodagu as World Heritage Site ?. There seems to be a systematic campaign by certain individuals to discredit our and other environmental organisations.
Monday, November 29th, 2010
N.U. Nachappa, President of the C.N.C., who addressed a gathering at the Gandhi Maidan in Madikeri on Wednesday to mark the 19th year of the eventful struggle for ‘Codavaland’, urged the Union Government and the State Government to consider the demands of the Codava’s, for which the organisation has been struggling for Nineteen years now.
Nachappa added. “We may be able to achieve success for Codava land in 100 days or 100 months or even 100 years. We are committed for it and dedicated towards it.”
Nachappa also expressed his hope that though Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, is a non-Codava, he will look into the issues raised by the CNC and will be able to put forth the demands before the Chief Minister and hammer out a solution.
Nachappa addressing the gathering
Nachappa called upon the people of the community to learn from the Lingayat community who supported Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa during his recent crisis.
The audience at Madikeri
Earlier approximately 10,000 Codavas and Codavathis participated and registered their solidarity with the Codavaland struggle. The gathering took out a procession in the main streets of Madikeri town. Most of the participants were clad in the traditional Codava attire. The President of CNC N.U Nachappa Codava inaugurated the function. Nandineravanda Nisha Codavathi did the invocation. Kalianda Prakash Codava welcomed the gathering.
The CNC procession winds its way through Madikeri
The rally was addressed by Maneyapanda Thara Codavathi, Badumanda Leela Codavathi, Chendanda Jemsy Codava and others.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Inaugurating a seminar organized jointly by the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy, Thook-Bolak Art and Sports and Literary Academy of Virajpet at Gonikoppa on Wednesday, Speaker K.G. Bopaiah called upon cultural ambassadors to spread Kodava tradition and culture in positive manner. He lauded the new concepts and programmes of the Academy to boost the opportunity to preserve and protect the culture and heritage of the district. Former MLC C.S. Arun Machaiah, Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy chairperson I. Rani Machaiah, registrar Vinodchandra, Thook Bolak Academy convener Mudhosh Poovaiah and others were present.