Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Complaints of illegal mining, 20/03/2017

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Complaints of illegal mining, 20/03/2017. Section 23C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation), 1957 (MMDR Act, 1957), empowers State Governments to frame rules for preventing illegal mining, transportation and storage of minerals for the purposes connected therewith. As such, details relating to illegal mining are not maintained centrally as prevention and control of illegal mining comes under the legislative and administrative jurisdiction of State Governments. However, based on the quarterly returns on illegal mining submitted by various State Governments to Indian Bureau of Mines (a subordinate office under the Ministry of Mines), details of instances of illegal mining reported by the State of Odisha and Jharkhand for the last three years along with the details of action taken against the offenders/criminals and fine realised is at annexure.

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