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.
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?