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Telangana focuses on areas affected by mining operations

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Hyderabad: For development of areas affected by mining operations, the State government is all set to constitute governing councils for District Minerals Foundation Trusts (DMFT) in all districts.

Further guidelines will be issued shortly allocating required funds, while orders were issued to District Collectors to make preparations in this regard.

The DMFT, which will have the Collector as its Chairman, will work for the interest and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining-related operations in the districts.

In a video conference with the Collectors on Saturday, Mines and Geology Minister KT Rama Rao, along with Home Minister Nayini Narsimha Reddy, issued directions for curbing illegal mining and sand quarrying by taking stringent measures in this regard. “We have done away with age-old policies of the previous government which caused severe losses to the exchequer and also caused severe problems for people. Instead, we have recorded good revenues and reduced problems for consumers,” Minister Rama Rao pointed out.

Rao said a decision was taken to supply sand for bookings through Mee Seva centres. He appreciated novel initiatives by the Collectors of Jogulamba Gadwal, Peddapalli and Mahabubnagar in stopping illegal sand mining and transportation. He suggested other Collectors to replicate the same.

Rao, who also holds the portfolio of IT and Industries, asked the Collectors to focus on promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the districts. He wanted them to conduct monthly meetings with the officials and industrialists concerned to resolve their problems on a regular basis. The Collectors were also advised to hold district-level bankers committee meetings frequently and ensure that MSMEs were not declared as sick units in case of nominal delay in payment of instalments.

Govt plans to adopt Peddapalli sand policy

Peddapalli: The government decided to adopt a similar kind of sand policy which is being implemented in Peddapalli district to put an end to irregularities.

While interacting with Collectors and police officers of various districts through videoconference on Saturday, Mines and Geology Minister KT Rama Rao advised the officers to adopt sand policy being implemented in Peddapalli.

With a view to ending corruption in sand mining and supplying sand to the common public in an easy way, the then District Collector Alugu Varshini introduced new sand policy and appointed sand management committee in March 2017 to implement the policy.

While Collector is the Chairman of the committee, Assistant Director, Mining Department, would act as secretary of the committee. DRO, RDOs and local Tahsildars would act as conveners.
A total of 725 tractors were registered with the committee to transport sand to the needy people. Around 30 engineers were deployed to implement the scheme.

Price for a tractor-load of sand was fixed depending on the distance to be dumped. Rs 702 is the price to dump sand within 5-km radius, Rs 1,012 (10 km), Rs 1,322 (15 km), Rs 1,632 (20 km), Rs 1,942 (25 km), Rs 2,252 (30 km), Rs 2,562 (35 km), Rs 2,872 (40 km), Rs 3,182 (45 km) and Rs 3,492 for 50 km.

According to the police, the people those who wanted to purchase sand should register through online (Mee Seva) by producing details including address and others. Besides informing delivery date to the needy, their details would also be provided to nodal officers of sand reaches.

Nodal officers would hand over way bills to tractor drivers along with the address and distance the sand should be dumped. So far, the district got Rs 14.85 crore by supplying 1 lakh loads of sand from eight sand reaches of the district in the last 10 months. The government obtained Rs 2 crore towards seigniorage amount.

Following the implementation of new policy, the price of sand also reduced to Rs 1,500 from Rs 3,000 per a tractor. Besides Peddapalli, Palamur district is also implementing the similar kind of policy. Recently, the policy was also introduced in Gadwala district.

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