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CM for tough action against illegal mining

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh said people involved in illegal mining in the state would not be spared and stern action would be taken against them.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2013 20:40 IST
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Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh said people involved in illegal mining in the state would not be spared and stern action would be taken against them.

“The government is serious about the matter. The issue was discussed in the last cabinet meeting following which approval was given to the Himachal Pradesh Mineral Policy, 2013, to regulate mines and minerals in the state,” the chief minister told the media here on Sunday.

He said the policy would facilitate mining activities under relevant provisions and safeguard the requirements of local people for bona fide use. “The government is making efforts to curb illegal mining and appreciate officers who are doing commendable work in checking these activities in the face of threats.”

Replying to a question, the chief minister said the Hamirpur parliamentary seat was not the only priority of the Congress but winning all four Lok Sabha seats. “It was a co-incidence that the Hamirpur constituency general meeting was held here on Saturday. Soon, the meetings of other constituencies will be convened,” he said.

Singh said the Congress was not anxious on the choice of BJP candidate for Hamirpur as it was their internal matter. For the past 16 years, the BJP has been winning the Hamirpur segment.

To a question, the chief minister said it had been brought to his notice that the recommendation of fifth pay commission was not implemented in different categories of horticulture officers. He assured that the government would look into the matter.