Law Min advises granting mining licences on existing norms

The Law Ministry has advised the Mines Ministry to continue with existing norms on granting licences for non-coal mines.

`Over 82K illegal mining cases detected in 2010`

Mines Minister Dinsha Patel said that in 2010, the highest number of illegal mining cases were reported in Maharashtra.

`Illegal mining has its root in corruption`

The major causes of illegal mining are poor detection and enforcement procedures, poor investigation & prosecution mechanism, corruption, connivance and interference,the Mines Ministry said.