ALWAR/JAIPUR: In the past 12 days since an anti-mining campaign was launched, joint teams of various departments have lodged over 150 FIRs and arrested 57 people in connection with illegal mining in the state. The officials claim this data show the drive has been effective so far though it has proved to be eyewash in some parts of the state, especially in Mewat region.

Owing to lack of coordination among various departments involved in the drive and growing fearlessness among the miners, the drive has not seen any substantiate success. Mining mafia is attacking the government teams. At least four such attacks have been reported in Alwar district.

Teams of police, revenue, forest, transport and mines departments launched a joint campaign against illegal mining starting on February 3. In Alwar, one of the worst affected districts in terms of mining, the campaign will end on February 17. However, officials have failed to put any effective check on illegal mining in the district. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

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