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Notices issued to more than 165 mineral traders involved in illegal trading
UAVs being used for monitoring of mining and transportation of ore
Bangalore: The State Government has conveyed to the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court that more than three crore tonnes of iron ore has been moved out of the State without valid permits over the last several years.
The CEC recently toured the State and held discussions with senior officers of the State Government, including Chief Secretary to the State Government S.V. Ranganath. It was made known to the CEC that the State has declared war against the offenders and that notices have been issued to more than 165 mineral traders involved in illegal trading to recover around Rs. 700 crore.
According to a preliminary estimate, more than Rs. 3,000 crore worth iron ore has been transported out of the State without permits. “In order to recover the money, a special team is being constituted and, if necessary, a special law will be formulated. The CEC has also been assured that officers and employees responsible for illegal orders, omission, commissions will be suitably dealt with as per the law.” The CEC toured the State from March 25 to 28 and also called on Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
It is said that the steps taken by the State Government to curb illegal mining and export was brought to the notice of the CEC and the “CEC has appreciated the steps taken by the State Government in banning iron ore export. Also cancellation of the private stock yards was brought to the notice of the CEC”.
Further the Government is using the services of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for the first time in the country for aerial monitoring of mining and transportation of ore.
During CEC's field visit the UAV ÿdemonstration was conducted and videography done by the UAVs have been provided to the CEC. The comprehensive computerisation of the mineral administration to bring about total transparency in the system and also to plug the loop holes in the system have been brought to the notice of the CEC.
It was said here on Thursday that the “State Government has once again reiterated its commitment for conservation of precious mineral wealth and encourage mineral based industries for overall development of the State”.
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