MINISTER NIRANI ACTS TOUGH, WARNS OF CANCELLING LICENCE OVER HOARDING OF EXPLOSIVES
• Govt asks miners to return explosives within four weeks
• Tough action against officials involved in irregularities
• Govt plans to double gold production
Raichur, February 26: Toughening the position following recent incidents, Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani asked the owners of stone quarries to return explosive items hoarded illegally within four weeks. The minister warned of cancelling the licences if quarry owners fail to return explosives.
The minister was addressing the media personnel after inspecting the Hatti Gold Mines at Lingasgur taluk in Raichur district. He held a meeting with the officials of Hatti Gold Mines and reviewed the progress and mining activities. “Officials have been instructed to conduct inspection and retrieve illegally hoarded explosive items in mining areas. Licences of those who fail to report and return the explosives will be cancelled”, Nirani said.
Nirani said Hatti Gold Mines will be modernised and a blueprint was already prepared. “The gold production here was reduced due to COVID-19 pandemic but now it is rebounding. This was possible due to the efforts of officials and people’s representatives”, Nirani extolled.
Warning the errant officials, the minister said those who fail to discharge their duties would face the music. “We have been receiving repeated complaints against some officials over their involvement in illegal mining activities. Government will initiate strict disciplinary action against such officials”, warned Nirani.