Monday, April 19, 2010

Extortion by Naxals

The Minister of Mines and Development of North Eastern Region Shri B.K.Handique has said that as per available inputs, extortion from various quarters including the mining sector might be contributing to the funding of different naxals groups operating in naxal affected areas of the country.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today he said, consultation with Ministry of home Affairs have been held in this regard. The Seventh Report of Second Administrative Reforms Commission had recommended setting up of special anti-extortion and anti-money laundering cell by State Police/State Government. The State Governments has been accordingly advised to establish such cells to prevent any nexus between illegal mining/forest contractors, transporters and extremists. 21 State Governments have constituted Task Forces at State and District Level for monitoring illegal mining. All the State Governments have been requested to prepare Action Plans to monitor and curb illegal mining. The use of Satellite imagery and other intelligence inputs has been advised by the Central Government in the preparation and implementation of such Action Plan. Further, a Coordination-cum-Empowered Committee has been set up in the Central Government to ensure elimination of delays in grant of mineral concessions so as to reduce the scope for illegal mining, and State Governments have been advised to set up similar Committees as State Level.

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