Karnataka Gani Avalambithara Vedike hands over a Memorandum of Appeal to Karnataka CM

1st April 2019, Bengaluru: The representatives of Karnataka Gani Avalmbithara Vedike (KGAV), consisting of Iron ore Mining dependants from Bellary, Hospet, Chitradurga districts and surrounding mining belt handed over a memorandum of appeal to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr. H D Kumaraswamy in Tumkur today, seeking the government’s intervention in saving the livelihoods of mining dependants in Karnataka from the discriminatory policies.. The memorandum of appeal was also handed over to Mr. G Parameshwar, Deputy Chief Minister and Mr. Rajashekhar B. Patil, Minister- Mines and Geology, Govt. of Karnataka last week.

In the appeal, KGAV urged the government to ensure the survival of mining dependants by allowing free trade, giving preference to local Iron ore over imports and ensuring regular business for truckers and lakhs of other mining dependants.

It also stated that the production and dispatch from the leases are never fixed and fluctuate in accordance with the purchasing pattern of the steel industry. Buyers of Iron ore are allowed to buy freely from outside Karnataka whereas sellers are not allowed to sell freely resulting in huge pile up inventory due to no sale. Without consistent and steady source of income, the lives of these mining dependents have become miserable and barely sustainable.

Mr. Rajakumara S, spokesperson, Karnataka Gani Avalambithara Vedike said, “Even after the Hon’ble Supreme Court permitted mining operations in Karnataka, with restrictions like production cap, e-auction and zero export, the livelihood of mining dependants became highly uncertain. These restrictions lowered the mining capacity that led to stagnation in iron ore industry. There are lakhs of people such as workmen, truckers and allied small scale industries relied upon the iron ore mining industry. The lives of these people are now at stake due to the discriminatory policies which are prevalent only in Karnataka mining sector and nowhere across the globe.”

He further said, “In addition to the loss of livelihood, there is a loss of contribution to District Mineral Foundation (DMF) when ore from areas outside the state is bought by buyers situated in Karnataka.”

 Around 6000 people of KGAV recently staged a massive protest at Freedom Park in Bengaluru.  After the protest, representatives of KGAV handed over a memorandum of appeal to Mr. T Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary, Govt of Karnataka. As a step forward, KGAV would be submitting the memorandum of appeal to CEC in Delhi on 3rd April 2019.

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