Demand for jobs: Himmavu villagers protest by not contesting GP election | Mysuru News

MYSURU: In order to draw the attention of the government to their long pending demands, villagers of Himmavu in Nanjangud taluk have decided to boycott gram panchayat elections.
As December 16 was the last day to file nominations for the second phase of polls, no one came forward to file nominations for three seats reserved for the village. Despite efforts from the tahsildar and returning officers, villagers stuck to their decision of demanding jobs in lieu of the land they provided to set up a company.
Speaking to TOI, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Raitha Sangha Hasiru Sene leader TR Vidyasagar alleged that management of Asian Paints Limited at Himmvu village in Adakanahalli Industrial Area of Nanjangud taluk has failed to keep its promise of providing jobs to land losers.
“In 2017, the company promised to provide jobs to the families of more than 95 land losers after buying their land for just Rs 25 lakh per acre against the then market value of Rs 83 lakh. But the management failed to provide jobs to locals, children of land losers. Instead, it is recruiting outsiders in large numbers,” he alleged.
“As the government authorities, ministers and management of the company have failed to fulfil their demand despite a series of protests, villagers have decided to boycott GP polls without filing nominations,” said Sachin, a resident of Himmavu village.
Nanjangud tahsildar KM Maheshkumar said the taluk administration made all efforts with the help of local police to convince villagers against boycotting the polls.
“Leaving three seats of Himmavu village, elections will be held for the remaining 13 seats of the gram panchayat in the taluk as per the procedure,” he said.
They allege that 95 families that gave up their land for a paint factory were not given jobs as promised in 2017.

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