Shimla: Himachal Pradesh seems to be falling in grip of illegal mining being carried out through fake Form-M, said the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report.

The CAG report revealed that illegal mining in hilly areas and along the rivers is flourishing without procuring Form-M. Interestingly, the contractors have supplied minerals without procuring required Form-M and supplied minerals through vehicles, animals and other means of transportation.

Notably, it is prohibited to supply minerals without procuring Form-M in which state government maintains mining leases. Executive Engineer allegedly ordered these contractors to supply sand and concrete materials without receiving Form-M.

The reports also mentions that government failed to curb illegal mining in Solan, Bilaspur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, Kinnaur, Una and Hamirpur districts of the state. The CAG report revealed that the illegal mining was being carried out here since 2006.

During 2006-2010, illegal mining to the tune of 160472.51 metric tons was carried out in eight districts which caused a revenue loss of Rs 8.02 crore to the government. Also, the government failed to claim compound fees of Rs 23.03 crore for not taking any action against the mining mafias.

JPN/Bureau