Shiromani Akali Dal accuses Punjab govt of renewing mining contracts of two sand mafia kingpins

Shiromani Akali Dal accuses Punjab govt of renewing mining contracts of two sand mafia kingpins

Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, February 17

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia right now requested Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann why he was working away from explaining the renewal of mining contracts of two sand mining mafia kingpins inside one month of their termination on fees of malpractices, whilst he demanded the arrest of the mining director for making a mining coverage which inspired corruption.

Addressing a press convention right here, Majithia mentioned, “I requested some straight questions from the chief minister yesterday together with the renewal of mining contracts to Rakesh Chaudhary and Ashok Chandak although that they had been terminated following registration of a number of circumstances, establishment of a CBI inquiry and even illegalities talked about by the Enforcement Directorate. As an alternative of answering these questions, the chief minister fielded his spokespersons to assert that one of many contractors – Rakesh Chaudhary had bought a keep from the excessive courtroom. That is no defence. If this was so, why was Chaudhary’s contract terminated within the first place? The federal government has not put the keep within the public realm and even when it’s so it’s responsible of deceptive the courtroom by hiding key info together with the 4 circumstances registered in opposition to Chaudhary, restoration fees of Rs 26 crore put in opposition to him and establishment of CBI inquiry after he was accused of gathering ‘goonda’ tax”.

Majithia additionally took on Mining Director DPS Kharbanda for arising with a brand new mining coverage geared toward turning Punjab right into a tax haven for black cash. He alleged the brand new coverage made by Kharbanda allowed entry of illegally mined sand from all neighbouring states into Punjab with the supply that the royalty for a similar will probably be determined by the chief minister. “This provision is geared toward encouraging corruption, which it has with greater than 2,000 truckers coming into Punjab daily and submitting solely a fraction of the official royalty to the Punjab authorities. The remaining quantity is being pocketed by the Kattar Beimaan Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP)”. He mentioned Kharbanda’s arrest was essential to hint the path of cash which might finish on the doorsteps of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal.

Terming it as ‘mom of all scams’, which he claimed was even larger than the Delhi excise coverage rip-off, Majithia confirmed receipts to show how solely half of the royalty of Rs 7 was being charged formally from inter-state automobiles bringing sand and gravel into Punjab. “This authorities has entered into an open alliance with the mining mafia and because of this it didn’t come out with a mining coverage for thus lengthy. It’s due to this that the chief minister is brazenly shielding the mining mafia”.

Majithia additionally questioned why the AAP authorities had flip flopped repeatedly on fixing pit head costs of sand. He mentioned the AAP authorities first raised the worth from Rs 5.50 per cubic ft mounted by the Congress authorities to Rs 9 per cubic ft in August after which reverted again to the outdated value just lately. He mentioned it was clear that this was executed below a cope with the mining mafia and this side must also be probed together with all different points by the CBI.  

#Bhagwant Mann
#Bikram Majithia
#Unlawful Mining
#Shiromani Akali Dal

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