Heat in HP Assembly during discussion on mining
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 18:59
Shimla: A discussion on auction policy for mining along Khuds on Tuesday generated heat in Himachal Pradesh Assembly as opposition members accused the government of promoting mining mafia and Industries Minister Krishan Kapoor rebutting the allegations.

Agitated by the allegations of opposition members, Kapoor alleged the mining mafia" was active during previous Congress rule and claimed the present government had taken several steps to make the auction process transparent, intensify checking and imposing fine for illegal extraction of sand, stone and grit from Khuds.

He expressed surprise that the issue was not raised when nothing was being done to rein in the minimg mafia but now the opposition members were training guns at the government when all efforts are being made to streamline things.

Kapoor said that as per 2004 policy, there was no provision for auctioning the Khuds but the present government amended the rules to facilitate grant of mining lease through auction in November 2009.

However, the auction was stalled as some affected people went to the court which, however, upheld the decision of the government.


First Published: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 18:59

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