Govt announces third amnesty scheme,now for mineral royalty defaulters

After amnesty schemes for VAT and power bill defaulters,the state government on Thursday announced third such plan in as many days,this time for royalty and dead rent defaulters in the mining sector.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: March 30, 2012 2:34 am

After amnesty schemes for VAT and power bill defaulters,the state government on Thursday announced third such plan in as many days,this time for royalty and dead rent defaulters in the mining sector.

On Tuesday,the government had announced a similar scheme for VAT defaulters,followed by another one the next day for power bill defaulters.

Announcing the scheme,Industries and Mines Minister Saurabh Patel said,“State’s minor minerals include gravel,stone,black trap and sand etc. These are used for residential buildings and by construction industries. For mining of these minerals,lease holders/users pay royalty and dead rent. For delay in payment of this royalty and rent,the lease holders have to pay interest. Moreover,small farmers and common citizens use it for construction. Due to minor mistakes in mining these minerals,they become liable for paying royalty or price of mineral with interest.”

“Sometimes small brick manufactures do not compromise on the cases made against them. Thus in these kind of small cases,lease holders and labour miners have to face court cases. To ease the harassment of the small lease holders,labour miners and small brick manufactures,I announce relief scheme for the long pending recovery of Rs 332 crore,” said Patel.

As per the scheme,interest will be waived on lease royalty/dead rent/surface rent if the dues are paid within the stipulated time,i.e. April 1 to September 30,2012.

To avail the benefit of the scheme,the person concerned will be required to withdraw all the claims. Major mineral defaulter will not get benefit of this scheme. Only single royalty will be recovered instead of full price of mineral extracted and transported illegally.

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