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Mining traders to now register with IBM

Panjim: Reeling under allegations of corruption and illegalities, Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) has distanced itself from the registration of mining agents and traders who now come under the direct ambit of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM).The Special Investigating Team (SIT), probing the multi-crore mining scam, has already arrested three unregistered traders for theft of ore in 15 days.Speaking to Herald, Mines Director Prasanna Acharya said that traders or agents and end users engaged in mineral business have to compulsorily get registered with IBM under rule 45 of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules (MCDR), 2011. “Only registered traders with IBM are allowed to carry out operations in the State. We don’t get into registration process now,” he said.
“There were lot of allegations of corruption and illegalities. Hence we decided to make IBM registration mandatory to carry out business in Goa,” Acharya said.IBM has asked its regional offices to ensure that traders without valid registration do not trade, stock, export or use ore.Until 2012, State had 460 traders in the mining business. With the Justice M B Shah Commission of inquiry into illegal mining exposing gross illegalities, theft of ore and non-payment of royalty by these traders, DMG suspended licenses of all 460 asking them to get re-registered.The department was stunned to find that almost 108 were bogus traders dealing in the business illegally. With the department failing to trace their whereabouts, no further action was initiated. [H]

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