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NGT issues warrant against wildlife official in illegal sand mining case in National Chambal Sanctuary

 


The  National  Green  Tribunal  (NGT)  issued  a bail-able  warrant  against  the chief wildlife officer   in   Rajasthan   for   failing   to   send   a representative for the hearing of a plea on illegal sand mining in the National Chambal Sanctuary. In an order issued on December 23, the NGT’s principal bench in New Delhi also expressed its dissatisfaction over  the  affidavit  submitted  by the Rajasthan government in the matter.

The bench was hearing a petition by the NGO,  Tiger  Protection  Group,  that  sought  an end to sand mining and other activities along the riverbank inside the sanctuary. The state government had noted in its affidavit that the state had already installed adequate mechanisms to curb illegal sand mining and fishing here. It also stated   that joint operations   were being carried out with the help of police, traffic, local administration and public representatives.

The   NGT   has   questioned   the   state government about this part of the affidavit and asked the state government to submit details regarding recruitment of staff, rights of people living within the sanctuary area and cases of illegal sand mining. A sanctuary official is reported to have admitted that though they have taken adequate measures to curb illegal activities, minor incidents do happen.

It has also been  noted  that of the 147 posts that were sanctioned when a new division was constituted for the sanctuary in 2012, 47 are lying vacant.


Year (April- December)    Cases of illegal mining regd. By FD
2008-09    31
2010-11    40
2011-12    3
2012-13    2
2013-14    18
2014-till date    10

Source: ‘NGT pulls up govt; issues warrant for wildlife official’, Hindustan Times,
31/12/14.

Contact: DCF (Wildlife), National Chambal WLS, Dist. Kota, Rajasthan. Tel: 0744-
2321263(O). Fax: 0744-2322074