Cabinet orders probe into illegal mining

Cabinet orders probe into illegal mining

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Monday has ordered a probe into alleged illegal mining in the country, mines minister BK Handique told reporters.

Several mineral-rich states say several mining firms operate without necessary licences and approvals. The Karnataka, India’s second-largest iron ore producer, has banned export of the steel-making raw material, citing illegal mining as a provocation.

The Orissa has been engaged in a year-long drive against offenders closing several mines, while Goa has said it will clamp down on exports of illegally mined iron ore.

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