In order to prevent illegal mining, storage & transportation of minerals, DMG initiated seizure of unaccounted Iron ore.
Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) initiated the process to seize unaccounted iron ore (approximately 2.86 MnT) lying at various jetties in the state on 18 Nov, 2013. Traders were given one month time to claim the unaccounted ore, which expired on 17 Nov, 2013.
On 17 Oct, 2013, DMG notified the Goa Rules, 2013 (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Storage and Transportation of Mineral). Under this rule, traders were required to submit claims to DGM within a month.
Applications are already received by Parag Nagarsekar, Deputy Director, DMG. Very few traders may have filed application.
Currently, just 43 traders are registered with DMG, who were doing permissible business. The old list containing names of 433 traders is scrapped. It’s in the news that most of the traders who deposited ore at different jetties are excluded from the new list and till date they haven’t staked any claims. Hence, only 43 traders can be resumed to mining, who were re validated.
There is a small chance of traders claiming to the ore at jetties, as it was illegally purchased by them. “If they declare their right, they will have to reveal the source from where they had procured it,” Nagarsekar said. While paperwork for seizing commenced on 18 Nov, 2013, actual seizure of ore started on 19 Nov, 2013.
As per the new rules, the accused can be jailed up to one year and they have to pay fine up to INR 5,000 for illegal mining, transportation & storage of minerals in disobedience of the law. It also says that no person shall buy, store, sell, supply, transport, deliver for sale or deal with any mineral except under and in accordance with the rules and the terms and conditions of registration of the Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988.