Bhopal, Mar 5 (ILNS) A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Madhya Pradesh High Court, challenging the amendment made by the Madhya Pradesh government regarding the head of the mining lease.
The PIL was filed by by the Citizen Consumer Guidance Foeum. It said the Madhya Pradesh government has amended the Minor Minerals Rules 1996 on January 22, 2021. According to this amendment, it has been made mandatory to obtain the permission of the departmental minister before approving the mining lease of minerals in Madhya Pradesh.
The government has made this amendment to benefit its ministers, because the approval for mining of minerals will not be allowed without the permission of the minister. In this case, the minister will misuse this rule to benefit his people. Also, the minister in Madhya Pradesh will use this rule to execute corruption , alleged the PIL.
The petition claimed that this amendment should be repealed, so that there should be transparency in the mining lease of minerals.
After hearing the arguments, the High Court has sought a reply from the Madhya Pradesh government in three weeks.
The state government’s amendment follows a decision by the Centre in 2015 to reclassify 31 ‘major minerals’ (including dolomite) as ‘minor minerals’-a technicality that makes it easier for states to issue permissions for quarrying leases.
The Madhya Pradesh government’s amendment on January 22 also included a provision for e-tendering for such quarrying rights. Moreover, the amendment added Rule 18 (A) to the existing law. It lays out two rules for disposal of applications received for grant of quarry lease up to 20 hectares for minor minerals.
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