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J&K panel to look into allegations of illegal mining

The committee has been asked to submit its report within a week’s time.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within a week’s time.

THE J&K administration has constituted a four-member committee to look into allegations of illegal mining of minor minerals in and around river Tawi here.

The committee, headed by Director Geology and Mining O P Bhagat, will have “in depth examination of alleged illegal mining activities/operations of stone crusher units in and around river Tawi in violation of High Court directions”, said an order issued by UT’s Commissioner/Secretary General Administration Department Manoj Kumar Dwivedi.

According to the order, the terms of the committee include examining the issue of stone crusher units in Tawi river since 2018, measures to curb illegal mining in river Tawi in compliance of high court orders, and examine allegations made and representations received about high handedness of the department.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within a week’s time.

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On Monday, senior BJP leader and former legislator Vikram Randhawa had alleged clandestine extraction of minor minerals from Tawi despite ban orders from the J&K High Court. He had also alleged that an official of the Geology and Mining Department was collecting money from mining mafia for allowing clandestine mining in Tawi river, adding that a part of the money so collected was also going to a Union minister and his personal staff.

While Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh had issued a defamation notice of Rs one crore to Randhawa and asked him to tender an unconditional public apology for levelling false accusations, the BJP’s disciplinary committee issued him a show cause notice.

First published on: 06-05-2021 at 04:10:41 am
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