Mafias looting mineral resources, who bothers?

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Jan 03: Mafias from neighbouring state of Assam have been plundering mineral resources at New Seren along the bank of Semen/Ego River under Lower Siang district in broad daylight causing loss of revenue reportedly running into crores.

Fund poor Arunachal Pradesh is still dependant on central sops for its various developments. Thus, the authorities should have taken note when this daily had reported on September 12 last how mineral resources were being looted from New Seren, about half an hour drive from DC office at Likabali.

Illegal mining activities have intensified as no action what so ever has been taken so far by the authorities concerned, who seemingly are in their deep slumber. Moreover, number of migrating labourers engaged in mining has risen so also number of stone crashers, equipment used for mining and vehicles used for transporting the minerals, sources from the spot told over telephone on condition of anonymity. However, the pictures received gave conclusive evidences to convince the informer was honest.

The GoAP has expressed its commitment to convert its vast natural resources to encashable resources, but the ground realties contradict the commitment. It would be worth mentioning here that former Likbali EAC Rajiv Takuk (present Saing deputy commissioner) after observing such loot had got permission from then chief minister Gegong Apang to levy cess from mineral collectors.

Takuk had set up gate to collect cess which within a year had run into nearing crore. This had promoted then state Govt to enact law to officially collect cess to enrich state coffer. This had prompted the state Govt not only to create Geology & Mining and Geology & Mining, but authorize the department to develop and utilize mines and minerals, grant of license or lease for exploitation of mining/mineral resources, collection of royalty & fee; approve for mining/survey of mining etc.

It is time for those who matter wakes up to the call of the situation and help the GoAP to enrich its coffer.

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