Provision for Central Intervention in Illegal Mining
As per the current dispensation in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Act, 1957, the main powers for prevention and control of illegal mining are with the State Governments, which have full powers to frame their own rules for curbing illegal mining under Section 23 C of the said Act. This information was given by Minister of State for Coal, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha Today.
As per available information, 16 State Governments reported that they have detected 41,578 cases of illegal mining in the year 2009.
Draft Bill is presently under consideration of Group of Ministers (GOM). Till a final decision is taken, it is not possible to indicate salient features of Bill and provisions, the Minister added.