Jammu, December 22 | National Democratic Party Indian (NDPI) J&K Unit President Rajesh Gupta urged lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to check the illegal nexus of Geology and Mining Department with illegal mining Mafia. He said, unlike all other States and UTs of the country, the Geology and Mining Department of J&K Union Territory is keeping the Indian Bureau of Mines in dark about the illegal mining, which otherwise has assumed alarming proportion mainly because of nexus between the officials of the department and the mafia, Gupta said.
As per the data, the copy of which is available with NDPI, no information about illegal mining of major and minor minerals was shared with the Indian Bureau of Mines during 2016-17 while as during 2017-18, it was reported that 1485 such cases took place in the J&K.
NDPI Chief alleged that Geology and Mining Department is keeping the Indian Bureau of Mines in the dark on the illegal mining, which otherwise has assumed alarming proportion in the length and breadth of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He said it clearly indicates the nexus that Minor Mineral Concession, Storage, Transportation and Prevention of Illegal Mining Rules, 2016 are not being strictly enforced by the department for obvious reasons.
Gupta further added it is pertinent to mention here that under Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, the States/UTs have been empowered to frame rules for preventing illegal mining and transportation and storage of mineral. Therefore, prevention and control of illegal mining come under the legislative and administrative jurisdiction of Governments in the States and UTs.
Rajesh Gupta said that the Indian Bureau of Mines has been established by the Union Ministry of Mines to promote systematic and scientific development and optimum utilization of mineral resources of the country. In order to achieve this objective, the Bureau collects, collate and organize into a database the information on exploration of mines and minerals, ensures coordination between the Centre and the States/UTs and guiding them on checking illegal mining besides on several other aspects relating to the mineral industry.
Keeping in view the mandate of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), a subordinate office under the Ministry of Mines, all the States and Union Territories are required to share information about the illegal mining and action taken after noticing such illegalities.
NDPI leader further said, “it is a matter of serious concern that despite an alarming rise in illegal mining in the length and breadth of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir the Geology and Mining Department is not sharing exact information with the Indian Bureau of Mines. Gupta stressed that Lieutenant Governor should take serious note of this and ensure that true picture about illegal mining is projected before that in the recent past the Principal Secretary to IBM.