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Mining: HC sets three months deadline to finalise proposals

Saurabh Malik

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

Nearly three months after Punjab registered three FIRs after initially denying the existence of illegal checkpoints and assortment of gunda tax close to some mining websites in Ropar, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom has set a three-month deadline for the state to finalise its proposals within the matter. The state was additionally certain down by the Bench to the quite a few proposals put forth by it in its affidavits.

The ideas embrace contemplating an modification to the Punjab Minor Mineral Guidelines, 2013, for making punishable the act of any particular person establishing verify posts /nakas, bodily or in any other case, for accumulating royalty or checking slips for a similar.

In its December 15, 2020, affidavit positioned earlier than the Bench of Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Sant Parkash, the state had added the proposed guidelines/ amendments can be formulated, authorized by the council of ministers and notified.

The affidavit added the division was growing an internet portal with provision for on-line complaints’ submission to enhance the reporting mechanism and management over unlawful mining. A cellular software was additionally being developed to assist on-line submission of complaints and for recording real-time location of the complainant and unlawful mining spot. The e-mechanism for complaints’ submission was to be launched shortly.

It was additionally proposed that any car used for transportation of minor mineral within the state would get hold of mineral transport allow from the authorised officer. All such permits can be issued via on-line mode. This is able to assist in monitoring the car concerned in transportation of minor mineral within the state.

It was additional proposed that each one wheel/chain mounted excavators/poclains concerned in excavation of earth/minor minerals can be required to register with the division and fitted with the GPS to watch their motion.

“We bind the state to numerous affidavits filed by it within the writ petition, whereby quite a few proposals have been put forth. It might be appreciated in case all proposals as enumerated in affidavits filed by the state and detailed in our judgment are concluded inside a 3 months,” the Bench added.

Observations on undertakings

  • Punjab has put in efforts to plug loopholes present in system regulating mines and minerals, which allowed unscrupulous components to reap the benefits of the state of affairs
  • It’s additional evident particular tasks have been fastened, and officers involved are obligation certain to take motion in case of any violation below their area

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