New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it will
intensify drive against illegal miners plundering the national
wealth and will soon convene a meeting with the concerned
state governments to contain this menace.
"We will intensify our drive against illegal mining in
association with state governments. A meeting of Centre and
state governments officials will be convened very soon to
chalk out a concerted strategy to curb it," Mines Minister
Dinsha Patel told reporters on the sidelines of a geological
The government has already constituted a one-man inquiry
commission under the retired Supreme Court judge MB Shah to
look into illegal mining in the country, Patel said.
The Commission would submit its report within 18 months
from the date of its first sitting, he said.
The magnitude of illegal mining is such that over 41,000
cases of violation were detected in 11-mineral bearing states
last year, Patel said, adding that the matter would be pursued
in the right earnest.
On proposed new mining legislation that provides for 26
per cent profit sharing by the miners with project-affected
people, Patel said the Ministry was in the process of
discussing it with various stakeholders.
The new legislation - Mines and Mineral Development and
Regulation Act- has provisions for curbing illegal mining too,
Earlier, inaugurating the 48th Central Geological
Programming Board (CGPB) meeting of the Geological Survey of
India, Patel said GSI will soon procure a host of modern
equipments, which will uplift the pace and quantity output of
all the exploration programmes.