No more export of ore, says BSY

Natural resources should be used to generate jobs with the State
Last Updated : 28 July 2010, 18:30 IST
Last Updated : 28 July 2010, 18:30 IST

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“My concern is only to ensure that iron ore is not exported. And, domestic steel plants should get the natural resources to manufacture steel,” he told the media here on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister said his government had banned export of iron ore from State-bound ports and an order to stop issuing transport permits for export would be issued soon. The measure would also stop export of iron ore from ports in neighbouring states.
“If the natural resource is used for value addition, thousands of youths will get employment. Now we import steel. If the steel plants in the State get the ore, we will be in a position to export steel,” he said.

He said he had done enough to curb illegal mining. He would be convening a meeting of intellectuals and media people to discuss what more measures he could take to stop illegal mining. He would speak to former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy over phone to take their suggestions.
Yeddyurappa said he was ready to take all suggestions of the Congress except referring the matter for a CBI inquiry. “I can’t take decisions according to their demands. They can’t be dictators,” he said.

The matter had already been referred to the Lokayukta, which had sought additional staff from Revenue and Forest Departments to hold the probe. The Chief Secretary would meet the Lokayukta soon and the required staff would be allotted.
When it was pointed out that many in the BJP have opposed the government’s stand on iron ore export, Yeddyurappa said the party was united on the issue. “You won’t see anywhere in the world the unity among the BJP leaders and ministers,” he said.
Asked if he would transfer officers of Forest Department in Bellary to act effectively on illegal mining, the Chief Minister said he would take all measures necessary to avoid illegal activity.
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CM to launch yatra to counter Cong
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is contemplating a yatra to counter the Congress padayatra.
Will it be a padayatra? The Chief Minister has not yet decided. “Leaders of the BJP will decide the mode after the Congress completes its yatra,” he told journalists in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Yeddyurappa said the Congress had no experience in staging padayatras. “Otherwise Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar would have not spent time massaging their legs.” He said he had led many padayatras in his career and would also reach the masses and “expose” the Congress leaders.
“I came to power after taking out padayatras for many years. Let the Congress people also take out marches for next 20 years and come to power,” he said.
“The Congress is solely responsible for illegal mining. When they were in power they gave licences and many leaders of the party are into illegal mining. Now the party is demanding CBI inquiry only to protect such people within its fold. Their ambition is to strengthen the party’s base by using ill-gotten money of mine owners,” he said.

Published 28 July 2010, 18:29 IST

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