Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Illegal mining, 16/12/2015

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Illegal mining, 16/12/2015. State Governments are empowered, under Section 23C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDR Act, 1957) to make rules for prevention of illegal mining, transportation and storage of minerals; and, therefore, matters relating to illegal mining come under the legislative and administrative jurisdiction of State Governments. However, based on the quarterly returns on illegal mining submitted by various State Governments to Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) (a subordinate office under the Ministry of Mines), state-wise details of instances of illegal mining reported in various parts of the country since January, 2010 till June, 2015 along with the details of action taken by the State Governments thereon including details of realization of fines is given in Annexure.