H K Patil opposes land allotment to JSW


Strongly opposing the decision of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government’s decision to grant about 1666 acres of land to the Steel giant, JSW, former minister and senior Congress leader H K Patil has termed the Cabinet decision as  ‘detrimental to the interests of the State”.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and a copy of which was released to the media here on Thursday, Patil stated that “the decision to grant land to the JSW steel Limited is a ‘blackest decision” of the state cabinet.

Referring to the Monday’s State Cabinet decision on granting land to the JSW, he said that “It was taken against recommendation by Cabinet-sub committee which had stated that while releasing land to the Industries the long-term consequences must be taken into consideration”.

He also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister about the indictment of the company by the Lokayukta, for allegedly indulging in serious irregularities by JSW which is also facing charges of illegal mining of iron ore in Ballari district.

The Congress leader had also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister about the observations made by the Law department on the issue as early as in 2015.

However, the Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar had strongly defended the Cabinet decision to grant land to the JSW.

Speaking to newsmen, the Minister had said that “It is the commitment of the state government to facilitate the Industries to provide land and other logistic support, which would in turn generate employment and increase economic activities”.

Industries Minister K J George defended Cabinet decision to allot land to JSW.

Addressing a press conference, he clarified that state government had not erred in giving its nod to convert Lease-cum-Sale deed into Sale Deed to the Indian Steel giant JSW,

He said that the state government had decided to issue sale deed for over 3600 acres of land to the JSW as the company is in compliance with all the conditions laid down in the Lease-cum-Sale agreement, made with the state government.

Strongly refuting the charges of the senior Congress leader and former minister H K Patil, who had raised objections against the State Government’s decision, the Minister said that “the company owes no dues to the state government as well as facing no case from the Lokayukta”.

While admitting that there is a legal battle between the JSW and the state-owned Mysore Minerals Limited (MML) on an issue of payment of the Royalty, he said that “It is nothing to do with the state government”.

Replying to questions, on Patil’s objections on the issue, he said that “I am ready to meet Patil and clarify the issues raised by him (Patil)”.

Opining that the JSW has developed the land allotted to it for its expansion activities, he said that “the company had also complied with the conditions of engaging local persons for employment”.

The Minister also strongly defended the price per acre,  fixed by the Cabinet government for converting the Lease-cum-sale deed to sale deed in favor of the JSW, which had created a huge job opportunities in Karnataka.

Replying to a question, he had also ruled out any possibilities of reconsideration of the state government’s decision on the issue.  (UNI)

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