Published On: Wed, May 17th, 2017

Tough measures adopted to curb illegal mining

Lucknow: In a bid to take on the mining mafia, tough measure have been adopted by the Yogi Adityanath government that has hiked the penalty on illegal mining by over 20 per cent.

The provision of jail sentence has also been increased from six months to five years

The decision to hike the penalty for illegal mining was cleared by the state cabinet on Tuesday, said an official.

After the green signal to the 42nd amendment of the Mining Policy 2017, the fine on illegal mining was hiked from Rs 25,000 per hectare to Rs 5 lakh.

Besides increasing the panelty, the provision of jail sentence has also been increased from six months to five years.

Although, some concession has been made for mining for home purposes and making clay utensils.

It may be mentioned here that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its vision document for the state assembly polls had promised to end the illegal mining.

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