Supreme Court, on July 5, 2013, directed the Karnataka government to allot the new iron ore mining leases only to those companies and steel makers who are its captive users. Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Siddaramaih said in the National Council meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) that the lease for Category C mines were cancelled earlier because of the illegal mining going on in the state in a large-scale. Illegal mining is however been stropped completely in the country. The allotment process of Category C mines to the captive users might take some time.
The Supreme Court had ordered for the cancellation of the mining leases of 51 mining companies on April 18, 2013, as they were alleged of carrying illegal mining operations. The order was given on the basis of the report of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC), a body of Supreme Court, which had categorized around 166 mining leases of Karnataka for violation of mining rules. It classified them in Category A, B and C, under which came 45, 72 and 49 mining leases respectively. The mines of Category C were classified on the basis of their extended area exceeding the area provided to them legally, which was around 10-15% of illegal land.
Siddaramaih said that the state government is completely looking after the Information Technology (IT) sector of the state as it had created a huge employment in Karnataka, especially in Bangalore. “My government is committed to providing whatever cooperation is possible to the IT sector,” he said. He further said that the government was showing its eagerness towards the early implementation of its ambitious Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) near Devanahalli on the outskirts of the city on about 10,000 acres land to boost the Information Technology sector.
The chief minister said that they should know how to maintain a line of balance between the use of agricultural and industrial land of the state. They have set a target of producing power in large-scale by 2017 and also assured that the fertile land will not be used for this purpose.