Speaking after dedicating Upper Tunga Project to the nation in Gajanur near here on Sunday, he said it is the Union Government that should take action to ban ore export.
India needs to learn lessons from developed nations where mineral resource is protected for future generation. The nation has exported iron ore in large quantity in the past few years.
“Show me a single example of iron ore exported to India by other nations. No nation should reach the stage of mobilising resources by exporting ore. Ore export is not inevitable for the nation. It is the right time to ensure that mineral resource is put to domestic use,” he stated.
It is shameful to note that illegal mining and export of iron ore has gone unabated in the last 10 years, he said and added that the State is witnessing illegal mining since 2002-03. Ore was exported by creating fake permits and by using single permission letter for multiple trips. It is the time to put an end to these irregularities, he stated.
Yeddyurappa said Karnataka is the first State to ban direct export of iron ore. Value addition for the ore was made mandatory here. Other States should also take similar initiatives, the Chief Minister added.