The State Government would consider association of panchayati raj institutions in checking the unscientific and illegal mining on the river beds of the state, mining guards to be provided uniforms and more officers to be declared as authorized officers to carry raids on river beds. This was revealed by Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister while presiding over the high level meeting convened to discuss the modes to be adopted to check the illegal mining in the river beds of the state here today.
He said that his government would be considering associating the gram panchayats in regulating and checking the mining activities besides issuance of the permits for manual domestic mining in the areas declared open. He said that modalities would be chalked out to empower the panchayats to take up new assignment and contribute towards the environment of their areas. He said that the traditional rights of the stake holders of the area would be upheld and permitted to carry mining in the specified areas for their domestic consumption. He asked the Principal Secretaries of Industries, Irrigation and Public Health and Secretary Rural Development to complete the modalities and submit the report to the government for further necessary action at its end.
Singh said that the mining department would be strengthened and more trained manpower, uniformed mining guards deployed to check, raid and exercise their authority to fine the defaulters carrying unscientific and illegal mining. He said that besides Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of the concerned districts, the Station House Officer of the local police stations, Junior Engineers and other related to the mining activities would also be declared as authorized officers to carry raid and take action as per the legal provisions against the people carrying mining contrary to the government instructions. He said that a control room would be set up at the state headquarters to monitor the mining activities which would be required to be fed by the field functionaries with reports of their respective areas. He directed the authorities to erect sign boards declaring the portion of the river bed open or closed for mining with necessary mining instructions.