Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister asked officials to adopt zero-tolerance towards illegal mining. Days after a forest department employee was killed allegedly by mining mafia in Ramnagar, chief minister made this announcement.

Secretary of Mining Department, Shailesh Bagoli has been told by Trivendra Rawat to take strict actions against one who found involved in illegal mining in the state. Secretary Bagoli said-“Measures are being put in place to help the check-posts personnel distinguish easily between vehciles loaded with legal and illegal mining material”.

He also added-“Better coordination between police and district magistrates will be established to nab those engaged in illegal mining.” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant told the Assembly that government would adopt a policy of “Non-Tolerance” towards illegal mining.

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After an adjournment motion proposed on the issue by Opposition Congress MLA Pritam Singh, he said, in reply to the adjournment that the state government has spared no effort in taking quick action on the incident. Pant said-“One of the named accused in the case, Jaswant Singh alias Jassi, has already been sent to jail under judicial custody, whereas the rest will also be arrested soon, Immediate action was taken in the matter despite the accused trying to seek protection from some powerful connections.” 

He said the Chief Minister gave a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the family of the deceased on the day of the incident. He said-” Seeing the economic condition of the family, the CM has also announced another Rs 4 lakh as compensation and a government job to his wife. Moral responsibility for the crime is also being ascertained”.

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