Successive governments have abetted illegal mining. The legislators have apparently benefitted from and fattened themselves on the ill-gotten gains that it brings. The enormous difference between the fines collected, the absence of illegal mining data in the government’s reports and the measly amounts it got as fines when incidents of illegal mining are detected appear to bear this out.
The evidence of the claim can be seen from various documents submitted before the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. They have been stored on the servers as they aren’t easily traceable on the government’s own websites meant for public scrutiny. Even if such documents can be found, the documents are without annexure. It is critical to understand the seriousness of issues involved.
The issue was brought in the limelight when the Congress at the centre encouraged investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Lokayukat into illegal mining which started firstly in Karnataka and then in Goa. These two states were ruled by the opposition. Even the government had realized that legal and organised mining was not easy to execute. Lafarge lost a great deal of money in trying to combat environmentalists who did not want it to set up a cement plant in the North East.
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