The government, on Friday, issued an order authorising the officials of the department of mines and geology to enter and inspect any mine in the state.
The order also authorises director of mines and geology, and other officials of the department, including assistant director, senior geologist, assistant geologist, senior technical assistant, technical assistant, surveying officer and any other officer appointed by the director of the department to inspect the working mines in the state, three times a year.
The order signed by the director of mines and geology, Mr Prasanna Acharya, under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 provides powers to these officials to enter and inspect any mine; survey and take measurements in any such mine; weigh or take measurement of the stocks of minerals lying at any mine; examine any document, book, register, or record in the possession of any person having the control of, or connected with, any mine and place marks of identification thereon, and take extracts from or make copies of such document, book, register or record.
Furthermore, the order gives powers to the said officials to order the production of any such document, book, register, records; and examine any person having the control of, or connected with, any mine.
These powers have been vested for the purpose of ascertaining the position of the working, actual or prospective, of any mine, or abandoned mine or for any other purpose connected with this MMDR Act, 1957 or the rules made there under.
The order also states that each working mine shall be inspected at least three times a year.
"The non-working, abandoned or mine under prospective working or under reconnaissance permit shall be inspected at least once in a year," it adds, pointing out that the office of the director of mines and geology shall maintain inspection register specifying the particular date of inspection, the details of lease inspected, the details of the officer, who have inspected the mine and brief details of the inspection in the remark column.
The order also states that the report of the inspection should be prepared within 10 days of inspection and one copy of it be maintained in inspection file report for financial year and a scanned copy thereof should be uploaded on the website of the department of mines and geology.
"This supersedes all the previous orders issued in this behalf," the new order states. [NT]