Eshwarappa defends govt on fresh mining permits

Speaking to mediapersons here on Sunday, he said the State government will continue issuing mining permission as it is a business.

Unnecessary hue and cry is raised over issuing new mining permits. Mining is not a new phenomenon but is prevailing since independence. However mining will not commence by issuing permit but availing clearance from Central government also is necessary, he stated.
He reiterated that the BJP will come to power in BBMP. The achievements of BJP-led Government in the State were presented in the manifesto which has impressed the people, he said.

Have accepted defeat
On the efforts from Congress and JD(S) leaders to work out a post-poll alliance, he said, “This proves that they have accepted defeat before counting. In the earlier elections also, both the parties indulged in opportunistic politics which has continued in BBMP elections also,” he chided.

The Gram Panchayat elections will be held as per the schedule and BJP has made necessary ground work for the same.

Booth-level committees are formed for the purpose. BJP will conduct State-wide conventions from April 6 for the election which will commence from Davangere, he informed.
On JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda’s letter to Governor over the incident of attack on mine owner Tapal Ganesh in Bellary, he said, “Let Deve Gowda come out with the information on the excess committed by hooligans at his constituency during his tenure. Being a former prime minister, he should shun cynicism and take part in meaningful struggles which I will also support,” Eshwarappa stated.

Govt not informed about CBI inquiry: CM
Hubli:  Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has clarified that the State government has not received any letter from the Union government regarding the CBI inquiry into the complaints about illegal mining activities in the State.
Speaking to mediapersons who met him after he visited Moorusaviramutt here on Sunday morning, he stated that the Government is ready to take necessary steps if the Centre sends such a letter.

“We came to know about the letter from the Centre through the media only, and official information is not yet available. The Government co-operated with the Survey of India which conducted survey in Bellary and other areas as per the Supreme Court judgement,” he said.

The chief minister also assured that steps would be taken to solve the power crisis by consolidating all power available in the State. A decision about the due amount to be paid by the Hubli Electricity Supply Company (Hescom) to VRL chief Vijay Sankeshwar would be taken after discussing with the Hescom officials.
The price of milk in Karnataka is less when compared to the price in other States, and 90 per cent amount of hike in milk price will be given to farmers only, he stated.
Development works are being implemented fast in the district centres and cities, and the Government would give attention to the development of villages also.
Tax burden has to be shouldered while developmental works are going on in a big way.
The Government was concerned about elections of honest candidates in the coming elections.

Honest administration would help better rural development, Yeddyurappa noted.

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