Question raised in Lok Sabha on Illegal Mining of Iron Ore and Manganese, 17/11/2016

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Illegal Mining of Iron Ore and Manganese, 17/11/2016. As per section 23C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Act, 1957, State Governments have been empowered to make rules for preventing illegal mining, transportation and storage of minerals. However based on the quarterly returns on illegal mining submitted by various state governments to Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) (a subordinate office of the Ministry), details of instances of illegal mining (both major minerals and minor minerals) reported in various parts of the country and the action taken by State Governments, for the last three years i.e. 2013-14 to 2015-16 are at Annexure-I to Annexure-III. The information on illegal mining of iron ore and manganese as received from IBM is at Annexure-IV.