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UP govt committed to curb illegal mining: Akhilesh

After the recent media spotlight on the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said his government was committed to root out illegal mining from the state.

‘The UP government is also preparing new laws to prevent illegal mining. The Samajwadi Party government is committed to curb this illegal act,’ he said at a book release function.

‘My government has initiated several steps to curb the menace of illegal mining. The results are for everyone to see. Still much more has to be done in that area. Therefore, our government is ready to take strict action against the guilty people,’ he added.

Yadav held the opposition responsible for launching a tirade against the government over the Nagpal’s issue. ‘They (opposition parties) are spreading a canard against us without realising the effective steps taken by our government,’ Yadav said.

He further announced that e-tendering of mining contracts is being done to put an effective check on mining mafias. Earlier, a team from the Centre had detected rampant illegal mining in Noida and other places.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of suspension of Durga Nagpal, Indian Police Service (IPS) officer (Uttar Pradesh Cadre), Amitabh Thakur has sent a representation to the secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, proposing certain changes in the suspension related rules.

Thakur had personally suffered when he was suddenly suspended on 31 December, 2004 to be found not-guilty later on 10 May, 2007.

Presenting various RTI information about many police officers and engineers in UP, who were later found innocent or non-guilty, he says in a statement that such information suggest possibilities of anomalies and discrepancies.

As per the representation, though the Constitution Bench of Supreme Court in R P Kapur vs. Union of India (1964 AIR 787) said that the employer has a right to suspend his employee pending an inquiry into his conduct.

However, as stated by Supreme Court in State of Orissa Vs. Bimal Kumar Mohanty (A.I.R. 1994 SC 2296), along with other cases have stated that order of suspension shall not to be passed in a routine manner because it has disastrous impact on the employee is various ways.
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