Express News Service
HUBBALLI: Registered tourist guides in Hampi have launched a letter campaign to Prime Minister BS Bommai demanding that their pending demands be met.
They recently held a protest march in front of Virupaksha Temple in Hampi and launched the letter-writing campaign. Although these guides are recognized by the Karnataka Tourism Department, they still fight for a monthly fee.
“We work in Hampi, which attracts tourists from all over the country. We have demanded from the government that we get compensation and social security. We have no medical coverage or insurance. Previous chief ministers had promised us housing with help from the district administration, but none of the requirements were met,” says a member of the Hampi Guides Association.
“We have listed our demands and the problems we face in Hampi and other tourist places. There are hundreds of tourist guides in various destinations in Karnataka who need the help of the government. We want the government to solve our problems urgently That is why we have decided to reach out to Chief Minister Bommai so that our problems are solved to some extent,” the member added.
However, Hampi authorities said most of the plans prepared for the guides are under government consideration. “The files are pending with the government,” an official said.