August 12, 2008
State to Have Mining Policy
BELLARY: The government will soon come out with a mining policy to curb illegal mining activities, said tourism and infrastructure development minister G Janardhana Reddy.
Reddy, who is also in-charge minister of the district, spoke to reporters on the policy after addressing a meeting of the heads of various departments here on Saturday.
He said around 400 groups are active in illegal mining in Sandur- Hospet-Bellary forest belt and agriculture land. "A team of officials will be formed to check illegal mining . Stringent action will be taken against government officials who are connived with illegal miners," he said.
Reddy, who himself is a mining lord, said he is planning to set up a steel mill in Bellary district apart from his proposed steel industry in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Taking a dig at former CM H D Kumaraswamy, he said: "Kumaraswamy has lost moral right to speak on mining activities. The issue of nationalizing the mining is left to the Union government's discretion" .
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