Udaipur : The Directorate of Mines and Geology has earned a record revenue of 1.62 Crore rupees in the financial year that ended in March. This income has come after strict check on illegal mining activities and transportation in Udaipur division including Rajsamand and Banswara districts. “ In the financial year 2016-17, we registered a total of 337 cases of illegal mining, transport and stock holding. This had been the largest action ever taken by the department which has earned a whopping revenue in past 5 years” said Madhusudan Paliwal, the superintendent engineer, vigilance at the mines directorate in Udaipur. The department had constituted 8 checking squads and held sudden raids in various mines in the division. During past few months, the department seized 5 JCB machines and arrested many offenders.The wing seized vehicles illegally transporting minerals, including quartz, soap-stone, dolomite, pyrophyllite, marble, sand, bricks and other minor minerals in the area.
The department had earned 11.84 lakh in 2013-14, collected 44.32 lakh rupees during 2014-15 and 23.91 lakh rupees in the financial year 2015-16. This time the revenue earned by the vigilance wing is four times compared to last year. The directorate had earned a bad reputation after the mega bribery scam exposed in September 2015.The Anti Corruption Bureau had arrested IAS officer Ashok Singhvi, the then principal secretary (Mines), for allegedly masterminding and running a corruption racket. Singhvi, a middleman, mining baron SherKhan and two other officials of the mining department, were arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2.55 crore.