High-level meet on illegal mining likely on Tuesday

Amid concerns over alleged illegal mining in different parts of the country, the Prime Minister`s Office is believed to have called a high-level meeting tomorrow on the issue.

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 23:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid concerns over alleged
illegal mining in different parts of the country, the Prime
Minister`s Office is believed to have called a high-level
meeting tomorrow on the issue.

However, an official confirmation could not be obtained
either from the PMO or the Mines Ministry.

Mines Ministry sources said that the PMO would be holding
a meeting of senior officials tomorrow and the issue of
illegal mining and policy issues related to iron ore exports
are on the agenda.

The meeting comes ahead of the EGoM on the new mining act
scheduled for July 22.

The issue of late has assumed political propositions with
the Opposition in Karnataka-- Congress and JD-S--charging the Reddy brothers, ministers in the BJP government with illegal mining.

State Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has denied the
allegation, saying there was no evidence against the Reddy
brothers.

Later this week, a 10-member empowered group of
ministers, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, is
scheduled to sort out inter-ministerial issues over the
proposed mining legislation --Mines and Minerals Development
and Regulation Act.

PTI