Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Mines
16-December-2011 16:10 IST
Illegal Export of Iron Ore
Some incidents of illegal mining have been reported to the Central Government and these have been sent to State Governments to take suitable action. As per available information, the Central Government has not seized any consignment of iron ore. However, Karnataka State Forest Department had seized about 8,05,991.083 metric tonnes of ore without valid permits. The seized material was kept at the disposal of Port Conservator, Belikere Port for safe custody. However, on the basis of a report that the seized material has been exported illegally, the Karnataka State Forest Department investigated the matter, which revealed that 6.00 lakh metric tonnes of seized material has been illegally exported. The State Government has initiated stringent action against the culprits.

The Central Government has amended Rule 45 of the Mineral Conservation and Development making it mandatory for all miners, traders, stockists, exporters and end-users to register with the Indian Bureau of Mines and report on movement of minerals to Indian Bureau of Mines and State Government. Such end-to-end accounting will reduce the scope for transportation illegally mined minerals, including export of iron ore.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Mines (Independent Charge) Shri Dinsha Patel in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.