The government has promised to curb illegal mining in Kapathagudda region in Gadag district and initiate strict action against the guilty.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday informed the Legislative Council that two mining leases were issued in 1978 to undertake mining in Doni village near Kapathagudda. The leases expired in 1998 and renewal applications were filed only in 2004. The government has not renewed the leases on technical grounds.
He was responding toJanata Dal (Secular) member Basavaraja Horatti who sought, during Question Hour, thegovernment’s views on protecting the rich flora and fauna in Kapathagudda.
Mr. Horatti demanded a complete ban on mining activities. He said illegal mining has been going on there despite non-renewal of licence. The operators have been attacking those who have been objecting to illegal mining, he said.
Responding to this, Mr. Siddaramaiah said he would look into the matter.
Milk from August
Minister for Animal Husbandry T.B. Jayachandra informed the Legislative Council that the scheme of 150 ml free milk thrice a week to children in anganwadis and schools would start from August.
Responding to a question by Monappa Bhandary (BJP), Mr. Jayachandra said milk unions have been getting excess milk supply from farmers due to the increased incentive (from Rs. 2 a litre to Rs. 4).
Leader of the Opposition D.V. Sadananda Gowda suggested increase in the selling price of Nandini milk as farmers were paid less. The procuring as well as selling price of milk in Karnataka is less than its neighbours, he said. Intervening, V. Somanna (BJP) said the government should not think that all urban residents are rich.
Responding to this, Mr. Jayachandra said the unions and the government have not planned an increase in the price of milk.