Mining scam report for action against officials
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-11

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In his report to the Madras High Court, the amicus curiae appointed to look into the illegal mining of beach sand has called for a probe into the role of different officials in permitting brazen illegalities.

Governments come and go, but some irregularities last forever. At least, that is the theme of amicus curiae V. Suresh’s comprehensive report on illegal beach sand mining in Tamil Nadu, submitted to the First Bench of the Madras High Court on June 20, in a Public Interest Litigation that began in 2015.

The report, which shines a light on the large-scale illegal mining of beach sand, and the minerals mixed with that sand, is also about more than two decades of official neglect and/ or collusion by various departments of the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government – from the Department of Atomic Energy to the Union Ministry of Mines as well as various departments of the State.

It speaks of large-scale illegal mining of beach sand and minerals and their exports, taking into account data supplied by each of the government agencies involved in granting permission to mine beach sand and beach minerals.

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