Selja raises illegal mining issue in RS

Selja raises illegal mining issue in RS

Agency News

New Delhi, Dec 3: Haryana Congress State President and MP Kumari Selja raised the issue of illegal mining in Haryana in the Winter session of Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Ms Selja said illegal mining was being carried out across the country. In 2018-19, 1,15,492 cases of illegal mining were found and these were increasing manifold due to lack of strict laws, she added.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered that if any vehicle is found involved in illegal mining, it should be confiscated and released only after charging 50 per cent of the ex-show room price of that vehicle. But till date, no vehicle has been confiscated under this provision, the Minister pointed out.

Referring to the CAG Report on mining in the Haryana Legislative Assembly, she said it has been found in the CAG report that illegal mining was taking place on a large scale in the state.

According to the report, mining contractors have been found exploiting minerals in double or more mining areas. Even the course of flow of river has been diverted due to illegal mining. The boundary of the dam has been altered and illegal bridges have been constructed, she alleged. (UNI)