CM wants policy to nationalise mining

Yeddyurappa’s remarks came at an interaction with the press here on his way to Jagalur for campaign in favour of the BJP candidate in the ensuing by-election.

He described as “as an excellent suggestion” tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy’s observation that the government should take complete responsibility for mining.
But, Yeddyurappa said, formulating mining policies was in the domain of the centre. The chief minister said export of ore should be banned, in order to ensure that resources were utilised within the country.

Further, action should also be taken to ban illegal mining. He said he had discussed the issues with the Central Empowered Committee appointed by the Supreme Court.

The chief minister said all proposals of the budget for 2011-12 would be notified before April end, in order to give effect to programme such as the Rs 10,000 grant per family to as many as 10 lakh small and marginal farming households, including two lakh SC and one lakh ST families, who would receive the support to promote horticulture, sericulture and organic agriculture.

Further, in order to improve subterranean water levels, steps would be taken to revive and rejuvenate tanks. Each Assembly constituency would be given Rs five crore, he said.
The deputy commissioners and Assistant Commissioners would be responsible for the programme, he said.

Yeddyurappa said corruption would not be tolerated in the tank revival project, and that desilting in the tanks should be completed before the end of may or by the first week of June. Moreover,in order to create basic infrastructure in SC/ST colonies, each Assembly constituency would be given a budget of Rs one crore.

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