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Rising illegal mining needs to be checked: Mittal

chandigarh Updated: Oct 07, 2013 18:17 IST
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With growing concern over illegal mining of sand and gravel going "unchecked" in Punjab, state industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Monday said such a practice was taking place and needed to be checked.

"I was the first to raise the issue (of illegal mining) during my tenure as Ropar district Planning Board chairman," the newly appointed industry minister Mittal said in an interface with media here.

Taking exception to reports by a section of media on the collection of "goonda tax" for mining under political patronage in Pathankot region of the state, he said, "I have taken cognisance of it and directed officers to compile a report on it soon."

He stressed that illegal mining needs to be checked in the state and admitted that there ware shortcomings in the industrial department.

"I will fill up the loop holes and pull up the officers of the department to set things straight," he said.

Mittal described checking illegal mining as the "tallest challenge" before him as the state industry minister.

"There is need to regulate and check illegal mining," he said.

On the new industrial policy of Punjab which was framed in June this year, he said that the policy would be notified very soon.

"In the new industrial policy, needs of small, medium and large scale industries will be taken care of through whatever help the entrepreneurs required for setting up of new units."

"The policy will be open. If at any stage there is a need for any change in it, this will be done keeping in mind the need of industrialists," he said.

He said a lot of focus will be given on sales tax, stamp duty, VAT and electricity duty to keep the interests of entrepreneurs in mind.

Several industrial houses, including in IT and health sector, were keen to set up industry on the outskirts of Chandigarh at Mullanpur, he said.

Mittal, who was earlier the state minister for Health, was recently given the portfolio of industry.

illegal mining of sand and gravel going "unchecked" in Punjab, state industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Monday said such a practice was taking place and needed to be checked.

"I was the first to raise the issue (of illegal mining) during my tenure as Ropar district Planning Board chairman," the newly appointed industry minister Mittal said in an interface with media here.