Jaipur, September 17. On Friday Shri Pramod Jain Bhaya said that efforts are made by the state government at all levels to check illegal mining and strict action has been taken. He said that during the present government, more than 32,000 cases have been registered so far against all illegal mining, and a penalty of rs.236 crores has been taken. He said the state government has strongly defended the court following the supreme court’s ban on mining of mineral gravel. After the entire legal process, one lease has been commissioned in Bhilwara and 2 in the Jalore district. In addition, the M sand policy has also started.
Mr. Bhaya was replying to supplementary MLA’s. He said that action has been taken by the present government against illegal mining as compared to the previous government and the results have also been revealed. 32 thousand 522 cases have been made against all types of illegal mining in the last 2 years and 9 months, whereas by the previous government only 12 thousand 439 cases were made. 2 thousand 639 FIRs were registered whereas previous government registered only 2 thousand 30 FIRs. Vehicle seizure has also been done by the present government of 32 thousand whereas the previous government has seized only 10 thousand 441 vehicles. Rs 236 crore was recovered in cases of illegal mining, whereas the previous government had recovered only Rs 75 crore.
He said in illegal mining of gravel, 23 thousand 391 cases have been registered by the present government, 2 thousand 178 FIRs have been registered and 23 thousand 689 vehicles have been seized. The previous government registered only 5 thousand 670 cases, 634 FIRs, and 5 thousand 146 vehicles were seized. He said that now, a penalty amounting to Rs 156 crore has been recovered, whereas only Rs 19 crore was recovered by the last government. He said that special campaigns have also been launched by the state government six times to stop illegal mining.
In a written reply to the question of MLA Shri Arjun Lal Jingar, Shri Bhaya said that after the ban on mining of mineral gravel without environmental permission and study from the order of the Supreme Court on November 16, 2017, in the Banas river of Kapasan assembly constituency gravel mining was done illegally. The reason for this is the difference in the demand and supply of mineral gravel, in which action has been taken against the culprits under Rule 54 and 60 of Rajasthan Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 2017.
He said that for the prevention of illegal mining/issuance/storage of mineral gravel from Banas river located in Kapasan Vidhan Sabha constituency and to ensure the compliance of the above orders of the Hon’ble Court, the officers/technical staff of the Mines Department and District Collector, Chittorgarh along with revenue, transportation, officers of Police, Forest and Mines Departments by Special Investigation Teams (SITs) do regular and surprise checking/investigations. 448 cases of illegal mining/issuance/storage have been registered in the said assembly constituency from November 16, 2017, to August 31, 2021. Total 59 FIR has been registered and a penalty of 441 lakh has been recovered.
The Mines Minister said that action has been taken against the culprits involved in illegal gravel exploitation in the police stations of Kapasan Vidhan Sabha constituency. In the last two years a first information report has been registered against the culprits in the concerned police station in 51 cases and a fine amounting to Rs 42 lakh has been recovered.
He said that the State Government will completely stop the illegal mining of gravel in the Vidhan Sabha Kapasan, to ensure they follow the orders of the Supreme Court. To give a cheap and accessible alternative to mineral gravel in the state, the State Government has issued the Rajasthan M-send policy on January 25, 2021. Permission has been given for mining in the mining lease of gravel in Kotdi tehsil of Bhilwara district adjoining Chittorgarh district also for mining of gravel in two mining leases in Jalore district. This has helped to curb illegal mining. Efforts have been made by the state government for prevention against illegal mining in the state with the Kapasan assembly constituency.