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Sachin Saini , Hindustan Times
Jaipur, February 26, 2014
A month-long campaign against illegal mining has so far resulted in arrest of 250 persons and lodging of 440 FIRs by different departments across the state. The campaign was launched on February 3 by the BJP government under chief minister Vasundhara Raje's 60-day action plan to "clean up" the state.

The campaign includes joint teams of police, mines, revenue, forests and transport departments.

According to a senior official in the mines department, besides the arrests and FIRs, compounding has been done in 443 cases while Rs. 88 lakh recovered as fines and 253 vehicles and 63 machines seized.

He said illegal mining was rampant in districts like Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner and Nagaur. In Alwar, most of the illegal mining activity was carried out in forest areas and in Bharatpur in the hilly areas. 

Of the total gypsum produced in India, Bikaner accounts for nearly 90%.

The official claimed that the campaign has resulted in "complete halt" to illegal mining in Nagaur, Bikaner and Jodhpur.
However, cases are still being reported from Alwar district.

"Till the time alternate employment is not provided to people the involved this cannot be curbed," he said.
He added that the issue needed to be dealt in a systematic manner.
DIG, mining (vigilance) Rohit Mahajan said all the departments working under the special campaign are working effectively to curb illegal mining.

"For the first time action against illegal mining was not restricted to miners but on transporters and receivers (factories and dealers). Legal action has been taken on people purchasing illegal minerals. We have stressed upon registering police cases on all leading to arrest and building criminal records," said Mahajan.


May 2013: Eight people arrested and 43 illegal mines seized. Alwar (15), Bharatpur (14) and Kotputli (14). 18 police complaints lodged and 33 vehicles seized.

July 2013: 26 people arrested for running illegal mines in Alwar, Bharatpur and Kotputli districts. 104 police complaints lodged in three districts and 294 vehicles, equipments and machinery seized.

April-May 2012: Hundreds of cases registered in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur Bikaner and Bhilwara. 228 FIRs registered against illegal miners across the state.