The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has making all out efforts from day one against illegal mining.”Disclosing this, Punjab Mines and Geology Minister Harjot Singh Bains said that since the formation of AAP Government from 19 March 2022 till 7 August 2022, 306 cases have been registered against illegal miners.
Mr. Bains said that 52 cases against mining have been registered only in Hoshiarpur district, which is highest ever.He said that our government's stand on illegal mining is crystal clear and no one indulging in this practice, would be spared although he is a leader or worker of our own party.
The Cabinet Minister said that if anyone of my family or relatives is involved in this illegal practice then he himself will ensure that strict action would be taken against him.Bains said that complaints regarding illegal mining in Village Kahiwal under his constituency were received.
Taking immediate action, police and departmental teams were sent on the spot to thoroughly investigate the matter.He informed that cases were registered against perpetrators at Anandpur Sahib Police Station after investigation. He said that strict instructions have already been given to the officials that if any complaint regarding illegal mining is received, then immediate action should be taken.
The Mines and Geology Minister said that some tainted officers of the mining department were not doing their duty honestly and dedicatedly. Actions were taken against them and Mining Officers of Rupnagar and Pathankot were suspended due to such practices.Bains said that officers of the department have been given clear instructions to work with full autonomy and without any political pressure in compliance with the law.