Staff Correspondent

‘State has not acted on Lokayukta report on mining’

‘Chief Minister should call for all relevant records’

BELLARY: Tapal Ganesh, a mine owner, on Sunday took a dig at Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for his reported statement that some of his Cabinet colleagues were not functioning properly, and sought to know from the Chief Minister as to whether he was looking after the departments coming under him properly.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Ganesh said that the Chief Minister had been commenting on the functioning of his cabinet colleagues while he had not bothered to see what was happening in the departments coming under him, including the Department of Forests and Mines and Geology.

He said that the Chief Minister, who had been claiming that his government had not granted any fresh mining lease, had not taken steps to curb the illegal mining taking place in Bellary district even after the Lokayukta had given a detailed report.

Complaint

“Based on our complaint that illegal mining is going on in Tumti forest area in Sandur taluk without the Forest Department’s clearance, senior officials of the department of forests in Bangalore and the Conservator of Forests in Bellary have directed the Deputy Conservator of Forests to make an on-the-spot study and submit a report.

However, no action has been initiated in the matter”, he said.

Quoting from a letter dated April 28, 2009, written by Conservator of Forests, Bellary, to the Deputy Conservator of Forests, in which the former had written that the alleged illegal mining issue in Tumti Forest area had come to the notice of the Lokayukta and had sought a factual report, Mr. Ganesh said that the latter was instructed to visit the alleged forest land in question and to take suitable action in the matter.

“At least now, Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa should call for all relevant records and check illegal mining activities in Bellary district besides dealing with an iron hand against all those indulged in illegal mining activities,” he added.

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