Amarinder orders DCs, SSPs to put a stop to illegal mining, goonda tax

DW BUREAU / Chandigarh

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered the DCs and SSPs to crack down in full force to put an end to all illegal mining and the so-called ‘goonda tax’, which he said must be stopped with full firmness and strict action.

Addressing a meeting of the Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police of the various districts here, the Chief Minister issued strict instructions to the officials not to entertain any intervention or recommendation while taking action against illegal mining or goonda tax, but to stringently follow the rules.

He instructed the officials to list out all legal contractors, with both police and civic administration, and ensure that legal mining operations are conducted as per the rules and regulations.

Any complicity or involvement on the part of the police or administrative personnel in such activity will not be tolerated, he warned, making the SSPs directly responsible for illegal mining.

With respect to the ‘Goonda Tax’, which he described as ‘totally illegal’, Capt Singh called for stern action, making it clear that his government would not tolerate any laxity on this count. The time to procrastinate was over, said the Chief Minister, adding that after one year in office, there could be no excuse for any laxity in putting an end to all illegal businesses

and corruption. He directed the officials to pursue the big fish more aggressively so that the process of cleansing the system could be strengthened, with the right signal going down to the lowest levels. He underlined his government’s commitment to tackle corruption at all levels and stressed the need for DCs and SSPs to work closely together to improve the processes and systems. He urged the officials to make extensive use of IT for monitoring of works/applications received. He further directed them to

undertake regular checking and inspection of subordinate offices.

During the meeting, he also directed the officials to ensure stringent enforcement of the war against drugs through a coordinated campaign by the Special Task Force (STF) and the district police. The two should work closely, with strong focus on proper rehabilitation of the addicts, said the Chief Minister, emphasising the need for concerted efforts in wiping out drugs completely from the state.


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