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Collectors bring to the government's notice glaring omissions regarding mining leases
Especially in cases where leases given for large extent of lands in the form of third party claims
HYDERABAD: A proposal is under consideration of the government to give powers for issuing No Objection Certificate for awarding mining lease/pattas to higher officials in the Revenue Department.
Traditionally Tahsildars had been issuing the NOCs. However in the wake of several complaints about irregularities and lack of proper understanding in issuing NOCs for awarding mining lease, it was suggested in the Collectors' conference last year that it would be better to vest the power of issuing NOCs with higher authorities.
The Collectors had brought to the notice of the government the glaring omissions that were coming to light particularly when mining lease was given for large extent of lands ranging from 200 acres to 500 acres in the form of third party claims and other issues. The Collectors felt a higher official would be in a better position to take a well considered decision and would also be able to withstand the pressure from permit seekers, sources said.
In fact, the Vigilance Department had submitted to the government in 2008 itself to withdraw NOC issuing power from Tahsildars to check irregularities in mining leases.
According to the Central Act, when mining activity is taken up in private land, land owner's permission has to be taken necessarily.
In the case of government lands, the authority would rest with the Revenue Department.
In the wake of these suggestions a meeting was held with the officials of Land Revenue, Mining and Law Departments on Tuesday and a consensus emerged to entrust the Joint Collectors with the power for giving NOCs, subject to clearance from Collector.
The meeting also resolved that a check list be prepared for giving NOCs and suggested that the final decision should however rest with the Chief Minister.
The officials would meet again for fine tuning the suggestion and submit it for Chief Minister's consideration, it is learnt.
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