Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed that people indulging in illegal mining should not be spared. He said it should also be kept in mind that those working legally should not be harassed in the garb of ensuring strict action.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was undertaking quarterly review of Mining Department here today. Minister of State for Energy Shri Rajendra Shukla and Chief Secretary Shri Avani Vaish also attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that Madhya Pradesh stands first in the disposal of mining lease applications in whole of the country. It was found during the review that the Mining Department achieved over 157 percent success against the target of mining and minerals during the quarter. The meeting was informed that revenue to the tune of Rs. 976 crore 51 lakh was generated against the target of Rs. 628 crore from mines and minerals. While giving comparative figures, Secretary Minerals Shri S.K. Mishra informed that recoveries to the tune of Rs. 718 crore 22 lakh were made till the month of December from the last financial year, which is 147 percent more comparatively. The meeting was informed that facility of e-payment will be given for payment of mineral revenue to those who have been provided mining exemptions.
Effective steps are being ensured in the state for checking illegal transportation of minerals. The meeting was informed that a special campaign was conducted for curbing illegal transportation of minerals for one month from December 15 as per the Chief Minister’s instructions. During the campaign, 1,031 cases were detected and Rs. one crore 48 lakh 34 thousand were recovered as fine from those found guilty. The Chief Minister also reviewed the activities of Madhya Pradesh State Minerals Development Corporation at the meeting.