Now Bellary demands jobs for 'Bhumi Putras'

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (UNI) Close on the heels of demand for jobs for sons of the soil in Maharashtra, a delegation of Bellary District activists today brought to the notice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about non-recuruitment of locals for the class C and D category of employments in Railways.

A delegation of Bellary District Action Committee led by Mr K M Maheshwar Swamy in their memorandum to Dr Singh highlighted how the local people were discriminated during the recruitments despite the recommendation of Dr Sarojini Mahishi committee which prescribed primaey for local people in lower category of State and Central Government jobs. All recent recruitments should be scrapped and recruitments should be made through advertisements in Kannada newspapers to avoid unnecessary heart burning among people, they urged.

Highlighting the problems faced by the people of Bellary constituency that had elected Congress President Sonia Gandhi for Lok Sabha in the past, the delegation said the constituency did not get its righful share of railways development despite the area contributing Rs 2000 crores to the revenues. The people did not have proper and adequate rail connectivity to and from Bellary, which is the seat of the historic Vijayanagar empire, with the rest of Karnataka.

Stating that the Railways had become an instrument of transporting iron and manganese ores for export and not for people, he said the district did not have adequate rail connectivity for people to Bangalore and other places as road journeys were dominated by ore laden trucks which had very little respect for lives of smaller vehicles and pedestrians were causing traffic congestions in the city which did not have good road infrastructure. The city should be connected with Mysore, Mangalore and neighbouring Raichur district. Work on Kottur-Harihar new line linking Bellary with Harihar was going at a snail speed.

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