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Miners, exporters must register with Mines bureau: Official

To combat illegal mining, the govt has now made it compulsory for miners and exporters to officially register themselves, making them liable to punitive action.

Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 22:00 PM IST

New Delhi: To combat illegal mining, the
government has now made it compulsory for miners and exporters
to officially register themselves, making them liable to
punitive action like termination of licences and transport
permits in case of any violations.

"Now it has been made mandatory for miners and persons or
companies engaged in trading, storage, end-use or export
of minerals mined in the country to get themselves registered
with the Indian Bureau of Mines," a top Mines Ministry
official told PTI on the changes made in the Mining Act.

The government has amended the Mineral Conservation and
Development Rules, 1988, making compulsory not only
registration of miners and traders, but also filing of monthly
and annual returns of all transactions, according to the
official.
"If it is found that the miner, trader or exporter, as
the case may be, has submitted wrong or false information in
monthly or special or annual returns or failed to submit it
within specified date, mining lease and transport permits can
be terminated or suspended," the official said.

The new rules, as approved by the Centre would be
applicable from the day it is notified in the official
Gazette.

Meanwhile, to intensify its drive against illegal mining,
especially of iron ore, the Mines Ministry has taken up the
matter with state governments. Over 42,000 cases of illegal
mining were reported last year.

Besides, the country produced 226 million tonnes of iron
ore last fiscal, half of which was exported.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet had approved setting up a
one-man inquiry commission under the retired Supreme Court
judge MB Shah after several meetings between the Prime
Minister`s Office (PMO) and the mines ministry.

The government was keen that illegal mining is checked
across the country, including Karnataka where state ministers
Karunakar Reddy and Janardhan Reddy were alleged to be
involved in illegal mining.

The Centre is now in the process of finalising a new
legislation for mines, which has a separate section that
seeks to put an end to illegal mining.

PTI