Blacklist illegal miners in Goa: Green NGOs write to Centre | Latest News India

A bunch of environmental NGOs together with the Goa Foundation, Common Cause, Mineral Inheritors Rights’ Association and others have written to the Union authorities searching for to blacklist these concerned in ‘illegal mining’ from collaborating in auctions and people offences be handled at par with offences below different financial legal guidelines reminiscent of FERA.

“Misappropriation of the shared inheritance of mineral wealth, anyone convicted for illegal mining should be disqualified under a variety of laws, including the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and the Economic Offences (Inapplicability of Limitation) Act, 1974,” the NGOs stated in their letter to Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi and Comptroller and Auditor General Girish Chandra Murmu

The demand is critical particularly because the Goa authorities has indicated it’s keen to for the primary time start auctions to grant new leases to assist restart mining in the state that has been stalled because the Supreme Court rejected lease renewals by the Goa authorities in March 2018.

The Goa Foundation has stated that it’s keen to be certain that these concerned in illegal mining aren’t allowed to take part in auctions to purchase contemporary leases.

“With the rise of illegal miners in the country, there are no adequate mechanisms to hold them accountable and undertake stringent actions such as blacklisting them from any mining activity. Any one violation whether it is economic, environmental, or social by the entity must be a good enough reason to disqualify the miners on the basis of questionable integrity and they should be prevented from managing our shared inheritance of mineral wealth,” the NGOs stated.

“The government instead of using a fit and proper test to screen mining companies and pre-empting illegal mining in the first place has changed the definition of illegality. This has emboldened all illegal miners…”, Sreedhar Ramamurthi, Managing Trustee of the Environics Trust stated.

“Illegal mining has been associated with terrorism finance within India. Illegal mining under the MMDR Act must be included in Part A of the Schedule of the PMLA,” the organisations stated in their letter.

The NGOs have identified that below the IBC, 2016 these convicted of any offence are punishable by imprisonment for 2 or extra years below any Act specified in the Twelfth Schedule which incorporates most financial legal guidelines however doesn’t embody the Mines and Minerals Development Act.

“The MMDR Act must be included in the Twelfth Schedule of the IBC,” the NGOs have demanded.

Earlier this week, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant introduced that the state authorities had roped in State Bank of India to assist public sale a bunch of leases that have been being auctioned through the newly created Goa Mineral Development Corporation to assist restart mining.

The Supreme Court in 2108 dominated that if mining in Goa is to restart, contemporary leases could have to be given together with contemporary environmental clearances and never renewals of current leases.

The mining trade was a serious income and employment generator for the state and at its peak contributed shut to 15% of the state’s GDP.

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