Bhopal: Serious irregularities on the part
of government officials have caused revenue loss of several
crores due to "illegal mining" in Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan`s constituency and areas around it, a report prepared by the local authorities says.
The report mentions illegal mining into forest reserves,
violation of environment and labour laws, lack of government
oversight mechanism and illegal use of explosives for
quarrying in Sehore district, which includes Chouhan`s
constituency Budhni, about 100 kms from here.
The findings, which are the outcome of a month-long
special drive carried out by district administration which
ended early this year, recommends immediate action against the violators and cancellations of licenses for operating mines in the area illegally.
"In Budhni tehsil, officials have found mining
activities in 250 meters radius of forest reserves. It is
clear that the Supreme Court directions have been violated
(which bars quarrying around 250 mts of forest) and sites were sanctioned illegally for mining inside the forests. Illegal
mining is on in the area," it said recommending strict action
against people responsible for it.
The report, which was prepared by a joint collector of
Sehore, has been submitted to the Madhya Pradesh Government for necessary action.
It has recommended strict action against labour
department officials for their "shoddy work" in checking
violation of labour laws.
The report, says that crusher owners have used explosives without informing the Mining department. "Irregularities have been noticed in issuing No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for the use of explosives. Strict action is recommended against all those responsible for it," it said.