In first of its kind, the law has been used to seize commercial vehicles that are indulging in illegal mining. It does not end there, the vehicles seized were declared as the government asset.
Devendra Singh Patil, the assistant conservator of forests, seized all the vehicles that were transporting illegally mined materials. He enforced Section 52 of the amended Rajasthan Forest Act 1953 to enable the seizure of vehicles. The seized vehicles included 8 tractors and 2 earth movers. The forest in Rajasthan are notorious for illegal mining, an RTI application ensured the court banned mining in the area. The forest land at Brahmanon ka Tanka under the Beriganga forest division has always faced the wrath of illegal mining and to prevent this practice, deep trenches were prepared to ensure big vehicles cannot pass through besides forest guards were also put in place.
What is the status of Illegal Mining in India?
1. In Odisha alone illegal mining has cost 17,000 Cr over 10 years.
2. A government constituted commission (Justice (retired) MS Shah Commission) to investigate illegal mining found there were rampant illegal minings in Goa and Karnataka.
3. 43% of iron ore being exported from Goa was illegal according to the report of the Public Accounts Committee of Goa Assembly.
4. Half of the ore exported from Karnataka is reported to be illegal.
5. Over 3.29 lakh cases of illegal mining were reported between 2006 and 2011 from different states.
6. We often hear of RTI activists being killed for unearthing the illegal mining.
7. There is an ostensible nexus between politicians and the illegal mining mafia both in the Congress (YSR’s father was involved in mining) and BJP (Reddy brothers).
The Logical Indian requests the government to break the nexus between politicians and illegal miners and ensure the benefits of exported resources reach the people.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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