Haryana govt: No organised illegal mining, only stray incidents; Chautala counters with numbers
There is no organised illegal mining activity in Haryana but only stray incidents which are being dealt strictly as per law, the state government Tuesday informed the Vidhan Sabha even as Opposition questioned the claim citing the number of vehicles involved in such activities seized in last three years.
The House, on the second day of the ongoing Assembly session, saw the Opposition Congress and INLD attacking the BJP-JJP alliance government on the issue citing the death of Tauru DSP Surender Singh, who was mowed down by a dumper truck in Nuh on July 19 when he had gone to conduct raids against illegal stone mining.
Replying to a calling attention motion of Opposition MLAs, including INLD’s Abhay Chautala and Congress’ B B Batra, on illegal mining and death of Tauru DSP, Cabinet Minister Mool Chand Sharma said, “Haryana government is working on zero tolerance policy against illegal mining. It is factually wrong to say that any mining mafia is thriving in the state.”
“There is no organised illegal mining activity in the state, but only stray incidents of illegal mining are being reported which are being dealt with strictly as per law,” the Mining Minister said.
Sharma also informed the House that 4,121 vehicles involved in illegal mining have been seized and over Rs 60 crore recovered as penalties from August 2019 to June 2022 in Gurugram, Nuh, Faridabad, Yamunanagar and Mahendergarh districts.
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