Rs 4,000 cr revenue loss due to mining ban:CM

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, Gowda said that about one lakh people have lost jobs due to the ban on mining in the State. “However, it is not possible to re-start mining.

The focus is on to make up the revenue loss and provide alternative employment to workers,” he said.

Gowda said there was no question of going back on the Lokayukta report on illegal mining. The committee constituted to study the report has been asked to submit a report in two months. Action will be initiated against officers found guilty on the basis of the report he said.

He said a memorandum had been submitted to the Union Home Minister on bringing an amendment to the Article 371 of the Constitution to accord special status to Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

The Union Government had been contemplating to grant special status on the Vidarbha model while people want the status on the lines of Telangana, he noted. The vacancies at several boards, corporations and committees would be filled up after consulting with party seniors.

“I would like to conduct Cabinet meetings in all the 30 districts of the State. However, it is practically not feasible. The Cabinet would meet in Gulbarga next month, if possible,” he added.

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