For The First Time, Vehicles Seized During Illegal Mining Made Govt. Asset

Al Arafat Sherfuddeen

May 27th, 2016

Source: Times of India | Image Courtesy: wikimedia

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.

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Mining

Goa Mining Case: SC Quashes Renewal Of 88 Mining Leases In Goa

Child Miners: The Dark Secret of Jharkhand’s Mining Industry

National Mineral Policy Review – A Golden Chance for Change

Illegal Mining

Odisha: Supreme Court Issues 100% Penalty On Illegal Mining In The State

Goenchi Mati

Fighting For Our Rights: The Goenchi Mati Movement & Its Inspiring War Against Illegal Mining

Bengaluru Police Auctions 2,536 Seized Vehicles, Know About It

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Rs 11,400 Crore PnB Scam To Be Investigated By PwC, A Firm Found Guilty In Satyam Computer Scam

News

Rajasthan: Mob Falsely Accuses Man Of Molesting Child & Kills Him

Awareness

Bengaluru: Out Of 53 Water Bodies, Only Two Lakes Pass Quality Test

News

Disqualified AAP MLAs Don’t Have Right To Oral Hearings, Says Election Commission

My Social Responsibility

The Delhi Woman Creating Ripples Of Transformation In Kalahandi, Odisha

News

50 Tonnes Of Sandalwood To Be Exported To China By Patanjali Seized; Ramdev Moves Delhi HC