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Fimi wants parity for private miners in excavating beach sand minerals

Fimi wants parity for private miners in excavating beach sand minerals

Takes exception to Centre’s stand to allow only PSUs in this area, says private sector has been contributing Rs 5,000 crore a year to current revenue since this area was opened to it.

Taking exception to the Government of India’s stand to allow only public sector entities to mine beach sand minerals, (Fimi) has pitched for a level playing field for private sector miners.

As per a notification by the Union ministry dated February 20 2019, only government-owned are permitted to mine (BSM). feels the government order undermines the role of private sector in BSM mining.

“Private sector has been playing active role in mining BSM and contributing Rs 5,000 crore a year to the current revenue since this sector was opened to it. Further, this sector has been exporting BSM to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore annually”, said in its submission to planning think-tank Niti Aayog.

“It happens only in India that instead of improving our regulatory regime, we blame only private industry which in this case resulted in job loss to lakhs of workers engaged directly and indirectly. Closing of an industry is not the solution”, it added.

Closure of BSM for private sector miners is already having an adverse impact on downstream units and they will now have to fall back on imports.

India is endowed with ample deposits of BSM. The BSM deposits can be replenished by natural phenomena due to specific gravity of the mineral grains.

has demanded that private sector be continued to mine BSM by rescinding the earlier notification of the ministry.

Source : https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/fimi-wants-parity-for-private-miners-in-excavating-beach-sand-minerals-119052801089_1.html

கோவாவிலும் சுரங்க தொழில் நிறுத்தத்தால் பாதிப்பில் உள்ள மக்கள் விடிவு காலத்தை எதிர் நோக்கி உள்ளார்கள்

VILLAGERS IN SOUTH GOA’S COSTI REMINISCE ABOUT BETTER DAYS AS HOPES
FOR REVIVAL OF BANNED MINING INDUSTRY FADE

There’s bleakness in the warm afternoon air in south Goa’s Costi village; because there’s a big question mark on the future of mining operations in the area, which was heavily dependent on the nearby Chowgule iron ore mine. For 26 years, Rama Naik, a resident of the village,
worked at that iron ore processing plant and earned enough to run his household. Now, he is barely scraping by. “I used to earn Rs 30,000 a month by working on beneficiation at the plant when mining was on. Now, I do odd jobs and don’t even get Rs 3,000 every month. The
past three-four years have been tough; when mining came to a complete standstill, I quit. I have no hope it will ever resume,” Naik said.

Costi is around 65 kilometres from the Goa capital Panaji. The village and its roads, previously full of lorries and trucks transporting the ore when mining was in full swing, now wear a forlorn look. These mines, which used to employ hundreds, now have a lone security guard to
keep trespassers away. The locals often reminisce about the days when one had to navigate through the long lines of trucks and packed roads to go about their daily chores.
And though many see the mining issue and elections as unrelated, they aren’t blind to political parties using the issue as “an election tool” to make new promises about restarting mining. Goa, which voted on 23 April, recorded a voter turnout of 74.72 percent in the Lok Sabha elections and 80.25 percent in the three Assembly bypolls held simultaneously.

Bitter pill or silver lining?

The story of Costi is the story of all villages situated on the state’s mining belt, which, according to geologists, extends diagonally from Pernem in north Goa through Bicholim, Sattari, and Quepem to Sanguem in south Goa. Since 15 March, 2018, 88 mines have become inactive after a ruling by the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the NGO Goa Foundation against the renewal of the mines’ leases by the state government.

“The Supreme Court clearly asked the state government to issue fresh leases through an auction. [This was a verdict to a writ petition by the Goa Foundation on the illegality of mining
in the state in 2014] Instead of doing that, the state renewed the existing leases. We brought the issue to SC’s notice again, and in 2018, it ordered shutting down of mines operating under a renewed lease. The state has not adhered to the court’s instructions. Our recommendations were to put a cap on the amount mined and also to form a special permanent fund from the mining earnings for the welfare of the people of Goa,” said Claude Alvares, president of Goa Foundation.

There are also other organisations in the state that have been up in arms against the illegal mining due to its environmental implications. Abhijit Prabhudesai, a farmer and general secretary of the Federation of Rainbow Warriors, said that after mining stopped, the agricultural yield in the mining belt increased by nearly 70 percent.

“Farmers who were troubled by the lack of water due to mining have said their yields have increased manifold. The mining that took place in the 90s and 2000s went unchecked and, as a
result, mines were dug even below the water table. In the mining belt, people are facing a water crisis, so most of the locals don’t want mining to resume. In a short span of 20 to 30 years,
our generation has depleted more than half of our iron ores. So it’s only fair that we let the future generations decide whether or not mining should resume after 20 years,” he added.

At the mercy of the mining lobby?

Who wants mining resumed? To this, Prabhudesai replied that it is in the interests of the influential mining lobby, which consists of business families and those who own the leases and
have invested heavily in the mines. The mining lobby in Goa is exceedingly powerful, and the lease owners don’t want fresh leases through auctions; they fear that larger corporations will take away their leases. It is also alleged that the state government is stalling the resuming of mining at their behest. That’s why this is a contentious issue, especially with the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

In 2018, nearly 25,000 people whose livelihoods were affected after the ban on mining came together to form Goa Mining People’s Front. Since then, the front has become a voice of the mine workers, truckers, mechanics, and small shop owners. Its president, Putti Gaonkar, said, “The government filed a petition in the SC only this year. This clearly shows how the state wants to use this issue as an election tool. Nearly one-third of the population in the state has been affected by the ban. The people in the mining belt are angry, and I am sure they have given a befitting reply to the government in the elections.”

Playing politics

Only two seats in the Lok Sabha are from Goa: north and south. For the past 20 years, the north Goa seat has been held by BJP’s Shripad Naik. The BJP has held the south Goa seat twice in the
past 20 years (in 1999 and in 2014). Also, BJP-led governments have ruled the state since 2012. For the party, winning the two seats in a state long considered its bastion is a matter of prestige.

The Opposition, however, alleged that there is a nexus between the mining lease holders and the government. Avinash Tavares, spokesperson for the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, said, “For the past five years, the BJP government has not provided any alternative to the people (truck drivers, miners, etc). They are holding these people ransom, saying they will bring mining back only if they vote for the BJP. The party fooled the people in 2014 and is at it again this year. We, however, would like to promise that we will bring mining back in a sustainable manner, through auctions and a mining corporation.”

The government, on the other hand, rubbished all the allegations and said it is confident of winning both seats. Minister of Power and MLA from Curchorem (south Goa), Nilesh Cabral said, “We promised during the 2014 elections to resume mining, and we did.

Meanwhile, the same court is yet to reach a verdict in another case regarding the 1987 Act (Abolition of Mining Concessions and Declaration as Mining Leases Act), which is now at the constitutional bench. In that case [in the Supreme Court for the last 20 years], the apex court asked us to allow mining until a judgment was delivered, while another bench hearing the NGO’s petition stopped mining. As a result of this duality, we are unable to take any concrete action. The people of Goa know it was the Supreme Court decision that led to these problems, and they also know that our government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, will work
only for their benefit.”

The issue is an intricate one. Almost everyone alleged wrongdoing by the government at the behest of the mining lobby, while a few are optimistic that the government is working in the interests of those dependent on mining.

Reference : Geonesis May 2019 Issue Volume 6

Government directs to cancel the mining lease granted to Indian Garnet Sand Company by violation of law

Indian Garnet Sand Company obtained six mining leases in Ratragiri District, Maharashtra by violating MMDR Act and Rules.  When it was taken up to the notice of Ministry of Mines, Govt., of India, MOM vide letter No. 7/4/2018-M-IV dated 30.08.2018 directed the Maharashtra to cancel these leases immediately as these are ab initio, void under section 19 of the MMDR Act. They further approach Ministry of Environment and Forest, which was also rejected by Govt., of India, Ministry of Environment and Forest.

MOM order

தென் மாவட்டங்களில் தொழில் வளர்ச்சி பாதிக்கப் பட்டு வருகிறது. நியூஸ் 7 தமிழ் உளவு பார்வை

தமிழகத்தில் ஆண்டுக்கு சுமார் 10 லட்சம் பேர் பிளஸ் 2 பரீட்சை எழுதி வருகிறார்கள். எனவே ஆண்டுக்கு 10 லட்சம் புதிய வேலை வாய்ப்பை உருவாக்க வேண்டியது அரசின் கடமை. ஆனால் உண்மையில் ஏராளமான தொழில்கள் குறிப்பாக தென்மாவட்டங்களில் உள்ள தொழில்கள் அனைத்தும் பாதிக்கப் பட்டுள்ளன. ஏற்கனவே பணியாற்றி வந்தவர்களும் பணி இழக்கும் நிலையில் உள்ளார்கள். இவ்வாறு தென் மாவட்டங்கள் எவ்வாறு எல்லாம் பாதிக்கப் பட்டுள்ளன என்பதை நியூஸ் 7 தமிழ் உளவு பார்வையில் தெளிவாக படம் பிடித்து வெளியிட்டுள்ளார்கள். இது அனைவரும் தெரிந்து கொள்ள கீழே கொடுக்கப் பட்டுள்ளது.

ஆந்திராவில் தாது மணல் தொழிலாளர்கள் எதிர்ப்பை எம்.பி., எம்.எல்.ஏ மற்றும் அமைச்சர்களிடம் பதிவு செய்தார்கள்.

ஆந்திராவிலும் தமிழ்நாட்டை போலவே பலமாதங்களாக தாது மணல் தொழில் நிறுத்தி வைக்கப் பட்டுள்ளது. இதனால் வேலை இழந்த தொழிலாளர்கள் அரசு அதிகாரிகளுக்கும் சட்டமன்ற பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களுக்கும் பல்வேறு கோரிக்கைகளை அனுப்பினார்கள். எந்த நிலையிலும் உதவி வராத நிலையில் தற்போது தேர்தலுக்கு வாக்கு கேட்டு வரும் சட்டமன்ற பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினரையும், மாவட்ட அமைச்சரையும் நேரடியாகவே கேள்வி கேட்டு தங்கள் எதிர்ப்பை பதிவு செய்துள்ளார்கள். அந்த செய்தி பத்திரிக்கையில் வந்தவை. சகதொழிலாளி அனுப்பி உள்ளார். அது தொழிலாளர் நண்பர்களின் தகவலுக்காக கீழே கொடுக்கப் பட்டுள்ளது. நமது சங்க தொழிலாளர்களும் இந்த தொழிலுக்கு நேரடியாக ஆதரவு அளித்து உறுதி செய்து தரும் வேட்பாளருக்கு மட்டுமே வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும் என முடிவு செய்தால் என்ன?

இந்திய அரசின் விளக்கம் உண்மை நிலைக்கு முற்றிலும் மாறானது.

இந்திய அரசு தொழில் கொள்கை மேம்பாட்டு அமைச்சகம் கனிம தொழில் பற்றி ஒரு அறிக்கை வெளியிட்டு உள்ளது. அதில் இந்திய அரசு உரிமம் பெறுவதை இலகுவாக்கி இதன் மூலம் பெரும் பயன் அடைவது போல் ஒரு மாயத்தோற்றத்தை காண்பிக்கிறது. உண்மை நிலவரம் எல்லா அனுமதிகளும் பெற்ற தாது மணல் தொழில் நிறுத்தத்தின் மூலம் 50000 தொழிலாளர்கள் பாதிக்கப் பட்டு உள்ளார்கள். ஆனால் இதை பற்றி எந்த தெளிவுமே இல்லாத மத்திய அரசு தற்போது நடைபெற உள்ள பொது தேர்தலுக்காக இந்த விளக்கத்தை கொடுத்ததாகவே நம்ப வேண்டியது உள்ளது.

Mining+Sector+-+Achievement+Report

சுரங்க குத்தகைதாரர்கள் அரசின் முன் ஒப்புதல் இன்றி ஒப்பந்த பணியாளர்களை சுரங்க பணிக்கு நியமிக்க முடியாது.

சுரங்க பணியில் கனிம சலுகை விதி 37 படி அரசின் முன் ஒப்பளிப்பு இன்றி ஒப்பந்த தொழிலாளர்கள் நியமிக்க படக் கூடாது என்பதை அரசு தொழிற்துறை துணை செயலர் கடித எண் 22345/D.1/81-2 நாள் 05.05.1981 படி தெரியப்படுத்தி இதனை அனைவரும் கடைபிடிக்க அனைத்து மாவட்ட ஆட்சியருக்கும் நகல் இட்டுள்ளார்கள். எனவே கனிம தொழிலாளர்கள் எங்கேனும் சட்ட விதிக்கு முரணாக ஒப்பந்த தொழிலாளர் மூலம் பணி செய்யப் பட்டால் அதனை அரசின் கவனத்திற்கு கொண்டு வந்து கனிம தொழிலாளரின் பணி வாய்ப்பை உறுதி செய்ய ஆவண செய்யலாம்.

இந்தியன் ரேர் எர்த் நிறுவனத்தின் பாரபட்சமான போக்கு.

இந்தியன் ரேர் எர்த் நிறுவனம் மாவட்ட ஆட்சி தலைவர் பணி வழங்க சொல்லியும் பாரப்பட்டு கிராம மக்களுக்கு பணி வழங்க மறுத்தது. கனிம சட்டப்படி சுரங்க பணிக்கு நிலம் கொடுத்தவர்களுக்கு வேலையில் முன் உரிமை கொடுக்க வேண்டும் என உள்ளது. ஆனால் இந்த இனத்தில் நிலம் இழந்தவர்கள் நிறுவனத்தை அணுகும் போதும் வேலை மறுக்கப் பட்டது. அரசு நிறுவனம் விதிகளை கடை பிடிக்க வேண்டும் என்று கூறும் இந்த நிறுவனம் குறிப்பிட்ட சில சங்கங்களுக்கு மட்டும் மாவட்ட ஆட்சியர் சொன்னார் என்ற பெயரில் ஒப்பந்தம் கொடுத்திருப்பது சரி தானா? அனைவரையும் ஒன்றாக நடத்த வேண்டாமா?

Request to cancel the company CIN No. U91110TN2003NPL050192 Benamy Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries and to take action against erring officers

Copy of mail sent to the Honourable Prime Minister and other Ministers and Secretaries and other Head of Departments of State and Central Government Departments with a request to take action for cancellation of the company Registered in the name of Benamy federation and to take action against the corrupted officials and to file the real fact in the PIL.

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To                                                                                                                   Date : 22.10.2018

  1. The Secretary to Govt.,

     Ministry of Corporate Affairs,

     New Delhi

 

  1. The Regional Director of Company Affairs,

      Chennai

 

  1. The Registrar of Companies,

      Chennai

 Copy Submitted to :

 The Honorable Prime Minister of India,

South Block, New Delhi

and all other honorable Ministers and Secretaries and Head of the Departments Central and State Govt., of Tamilnadu, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Orissa.

Most Respected Sir,

                        Sub:   Request to cancel the company CIN No. U91110TN2003NPL050192 registered in the name of Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries, Chennai by Mr. Dhayadevadas, the hooligan of Mr.Dhanuskodi Adhithan, Former Central Minister who make false complaint against beach mineral industry –  reg

 You know very well that, India has 35% of total world reserve of the beach minerals compared to the reserve and mining ratio India is fare below than even small countries. In case these are not used within a reasonable time, these all become waste due to technology changes.  Considering the above facts, the then BJP Government Headed by Shri. A.P.Vajpayee ji, simplify the procedures and open the field to private players. So our Indian Export increased from 35 Crore rupees to Rs.2500 Crores per year and new employment generation also created for 50,000 employees. Our India become No.1 producer among world.

One illegal mining Don Mr. Dayadevadoss is doing the same Garnet Business in various names  such as Southern Enterprices, Indian Garnet Sand Company, Bengal Bay Beach Minerals etc.,

Since, Mr. Dayadevadoss could not succeed in the business, he sent number of false complaint petitions in various names to various Government officials and District Collector etc.  All the petitions were considered by the officials and closed as “Deserve No Merit”.

Mr. Dayadevadoss make it as a hobby to write false and imaginary allegations against the Government officials and against all the private beach mineral mining industries then and there in his name as well as his friends name.

Dayadevadoss registered a company in the name of Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries under the Company Act. Only one person Mr.Dayadevadoss alone the lessee member in the Federation and make false complaints. Since he made lot of false complaint in the Federation name the above fact have been reported to the higher forums. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has directed the regional Director of Company affairs to enquire about the Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industry vide CBI letter No. C6/Misc.complt./03/CBI/EOW/Chennai dated 16.12.2003.  The Company registrar also directed the regional Director of Company affairs to enquire about the Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industry.

Due to business rivalry, every time Mr. Dhayadevadas make false complaints against private beach mineral mining lessees as well as State and Central Govt., officials by using the benamy Federation name.  The officials by believing that this is a really a Federation, conduct enquiry and submit reports that these petitions are false and made due to business rivalry.  One of the report send by Govt., of Tamilnadu Industries department letter No. 17585/MMA1/03-9 dated 24.11.2004 is available in Govt., of India, Ministry of Mines File No. 7/33/2000-M.IV.

Mr. Dhayadevadas again submit 10 complaint petitions in the name of Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries to Ministry of Mines, which was forwarded to State Government for enquiry. After detailed enquiry the Principal Secretary to Govt., of Tamilnadu send a detailed report to Ministry of Mines replying for all the 40 allegations made by the petitioner vide Industries Department letter No.7810/MMD.2/2011-1 dated 23.07.2013. The Principal Secretary has specifically pointed out that,

i)                  There is business rivalry between Dhayadevadas and VV Mineral.

ii)                All the complaint petitions are made due to business rivalry

iii)             All the complaints were verified and found as false.

iv)            There is no Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries. But it is a company registered only to make false complaints against his competitors.

v)                Mr.Dhayadevadas is a habitual petition writer and to threaten State  and Central Govt., officials, he make the false complaint petition making allegation against the Govt., officials.

vi)             The complaint petitions are without any basis.

The above reports are available in Govt., of India, Ministry of Mines file No. 16/36/2011-M.VI

Since India become No. 1 in this beach minerals field and since Indian producers are become No.1, some of the foreign companies, not only loose the market, but they loose their share value also. Famous companies like Iluka etc., are closing their mines. So they spend lot of money to disturb Indian beach mineral industries thereby to recapture their market share. So they feed lot of money to Mr.Dhayadevadas and some corrupted media people to make false complaints and propaganda.

In fact, this is not a federation, but this is a company. The only one mining lessee is Mr. Dhayadevadas alone.  He using the name to make complaints against officials as well as private beach mineral players. Some of the corrupted officials also colluded with him and get their share.

Mr.Dhayadevadas has involved large scale illegal mining in Trichy District. Already the Trichy District Collector has imposed Rs.53 Lakhs Penalty for one illegal mining vide Proceedings No. e.f.m.312/97 ehs; 22.01.2009. Based on the order of the Honourable High Court in W.P.(MD) No. 175/2010, the Government inspected and captured large scale illegal mining of 3.9 million M.Ton of rare minerals on red handed and take action against Mr. Dhayadevadas. His review petition against the said order was also dismissed by the Division Bench in Review Application No. 61 of 2011 on 12.12.2013 and SLP before the Honourable Supreme Court which was also dismissed in SLP CC Nos. 740-741 of 2015 on 02.02.2015.

            Now he using the same benamy Federation name to cheating and threatening the State Govt., officials and there by drop the action taken against him in illegal mining case. Some of the officials from Tamilnadu Govt., also colluded with him.

            Our humble request to the Honourable Prime Minister and other Honourable Ministers and Secretaries are,

(a)              To give direction to the authorities to cancel the registration of the company registered in the name of Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries (CIN No. U91110TN2003NPL050192)

(b)            To give a direction to all the Company Registrar not to register any company in the name of Federation without due enquiry and public notice.

(c)              To direct the CBI to make an enquiry about the nexus between Mr. Dhayadevadas and the corrupted officials engaged in Indian Bureau of Mines, Atomic Minerals Directorate and Tamilnadu State Geology and Mining Department and the State and Central Government advocates in Madras High Court and to take stringent action against the corrupted officials.

In case, you conduct the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI), you can find out that, they did not give consent for such registration and the company is cheating government as well as private players to believe it as a “Federation”.

Though Tamilnadu Govt., has already reported to Govt., of India that There is no Federation of Indian Placer Mineral Industries. But it is a company registered only to make false complaints against his competitors  vide Tamilnadu Govt.,  letter No. 7810/MMD.2/2011-1 dated 23.07.2013 which is available in Ministry of Mines file No. 16/36/2011-M.VI , either Central Govt., Ministry of Mines or Atomic Energy Department or Atomic Minerals Directorate or Indian Bureau  of Mines or any other Government Department did not bring the above said fact in the PIL W.P.No. 1592 of 2015 pending before the Honourable High Court of Madras. This alone will establish the nexus between the corrupted officials and Mr. Dhayadevadas colluded to destroy Indian beach mineral industries.

For your ready reference I am attaching herewith Tamilnadu Government report dt. 23.7.2013. If you go through the said report in page 2, 3rd para, the State Government categorically reported that, this is a benamy Federation registered only to make complaints against his business competitors and against the Government officials.

Thanking you

Yours truly

R. Balakrishnan,

President

Southern Region Mines and Mineral Based Workers Welfare Association

TN Gov lr to MOM