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Updated: October 11, 2011 18:37 IST

Mining ban: Karnataka mulls moving Supreme Court

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Karnataka Chief Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda said the government exchequer is losing Rs. 4,000 crore and nearly 1.5 lakh people have lost their jobs due to mining ban in the State. File photo
PTI Karnataka Chief Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda said the government exchequer is losing Rs. 4,000 crore and nearly 1.5 lakh people have lost their jobs due to mining ban in the State. File photo

The Karnataka government is planning to approach the Supreme Court seeking remedy to problems arising out of the ban on iron ore mining in the State, Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said on Tuesday.

“We are seeking legal experts’ advice on the issue,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the National Executive meeting of FICCI in Bangalore. He, however, declined to reveal the timeframe for moving the Supreme Court, saying. “It will take some time to do so”.

FICCI has been raising concerns that the mining ban in the State would lead to closure of several steel mills, including those in the SME sector.

Mr. Gowda said the Supreme Court was aware of the problems faced by the local steel manufacturers and would soon take a decision. “As you see the order of the Supreme Court, it is going to consider all these issues,” he said.

The government exchequer is losing Rs. 4,000 crore and nearly 1.5 lakh people have lost their jobs due to mining ban in Karnataka, he added.

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