Press Esc to close
Tuesday 01 September 2015
News updated at 3:52 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.4°C
Min : 21.1°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

UP govt mulls special mining force to check illegal mining

Lucknow, Aug 2, 2013 (PTI):
DH File photo. For representational purpose only.

Amidst uproar over suspension of a woman IAS officer allegedly under pressure of the "mining mafia", the Uttar Pradesh government is working on a proposal to constitute a special "mining force" to check illegal mining activities in the state.

"The government is considering a proposal to set up an exclusive mining force to check illegal mining activities in the state," Minister of State for Mining (Independent Charge) Gayatri Prasad Prajapati told PTI.

The need for the exclusive force for mining department is being felt for a long time as it has became difficult for the ground level staff to check illegal activities of "mining mafia" for want of it, he said.

Many times mining officers in the district are not in a position to work out on information of illegal mining for lack of resources like vehicle and staff, the minister said, adding that he has also proposed that they should be entitled to use blue beacon in their vehicles.

About the mining force, the minister said fresh recruitments would be done and those employed will be trained and also given latest arms to combat unscrupulous elements, if needed.

"The state government is committed to check illegal mining and those involved will be dealt with an iron hand. The constitution of the force will reduce dependency on police and put an effective curb on illegal mining," he said.

The move is seen as an attempt by the state government to refurbish its image after suspension of 2010 batch IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal on July 27.

Nagpal had launched a crackdown on the "mining mafia" in Gautam Buddha Nagar in Noida and was in the news for curbing illegal mining activities in the district by getting over two dozen FIR registered against those involved in illegal sand mining.
Special flying squads were formed by the officer to stop the raging menace along Yamuna and Hindon rivers in Western UP.

Her suspension, opposition parties alleged, was done under pressure of the "mining mafia", a charge denied by the state government.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Eunuchs carry wheat saplings on their heads during a procession taken out to celebrate Bhujaria  ...

Eunuchs carry wheat saplings on their heads during a procession taken out to celebrate Bhujaria ...

Local members of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front carrying onions to mark protest against price hike of ...

Local members of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front carrying onions to mark protest against price hike of ...

Kannada actor Shivarajkumar and Geetha daughter Nirupama with Dileep weeding at Tripuravasini  ...

Kannada actor Shivarajkumar and Geetha daughter Nirupama with Dileep weeding at Tripuravasini ...

Members of Yuva Bharath organisation launch a postcard campaign demanding conduct of Dasara in a ...

Members of Yuva Bharath organisation launch a postcard campaign demanding conduct of Dasara in a ...

Rayat panel supporters celeberate the win in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) ...

Rayat panel supporters celeberate the win in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) ...

A large number of Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) members staged protest ...

A large number of Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) members staged protest ...

Bollywood Actors Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Shruti Haasan during promotion of their upcoming ...

Bollywood Actors Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Shruti Haasan during promotion of their upcoming ...

President Pranab Mukherjee speaking to contributors to the book- '30 Women in Power: Their Voice ...

President Pranab Mukherjee speaking to contributors to the book- '30 Women in Power: Their Voice ...

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi along with others offering tribute to former AIMIM president ...

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi along with others offering tribute to former AIMIM president ...

Police personnel sitting near the charred remains of a motorcyle near the violence-hit Trahi ...

Police personnel sitting near the charred remains of a motorcyle near the violence-hit Trahi ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523