Bellary: Mining activities not to come to a standstill?

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Bangalore, Jul 31: The mining activities will not come to an end in Bellary but permission will be granted to those firms for mining which actually requires it, said the Supreme Court.

The SC also said that it will prepare a report of the demand of iron ore and the amount that needs to be exported. The mines secretariat, forest secretariat, commercial and steel secretariat have been asked by the CBI to prepare a report within a week.

“A copy of the report, which was submitted to state government, will be also be submitted to the Supreme Court," said SR Hiremath, convener, National Committee for the Protection of Natural Resources.

“Illegal mining was started by G Janardhana Reddy, G Karunakara Reddy, Sriramulu and their associates in Bellary. They have to take full responsibility of it and immediately resign from minister ship. The government should punish them," he said.

He also said that the employees of the mining companies be given atleast three months salary.

Illegal mining carried out in the name of Matha Minerals by B Somanna will also be brought to the notice of the Supreme Court. A interim petition will be filed in the SC, said Hiremath.

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