In a statement issued, DMDK leader Vijayakanth, said, "While the government has the power to transfer its officials, it should however be in people's interest."According to him, the transfer is condemnable and the centre should take appropriate action so that the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials can perform their functions impartially.

According to PMK leader S Ramadoss, the first priority of the government is to prevent the plunder of state's natural resources. He urged the state government to revoke Kumar's transfer order.

Ashish Kumar has been transferred and posted to act as deputy secretary, social welfare and nutritious meals department and M Ravikumar, district collector, Ariyalur, will replace him at Tuticorin.

Officials of Tuticorin district administration inspected the sand quarries in Vaippar and Vembar villages in Tuticorin district on Tuesday on complaints that a mining company with a permission to mine in four hectares has been mining in 30 hectares.

"On the basis of complaints from fishing community, we inspected the mining areas in Vaippar village. The lessee has been given permission to mine in four hectares. On inspection we found the mining was carried out in 30 hectares," Ashish Kumar said.

"Around 230,000 tons of beach sand minerals have been quarried in Vaippar village without permission from the government. We have sent the report to the government and action will be taken," he said."We have not quantified the quantum of loss to the government," he added.

He said that the violations by the lessee in two other villages in the district were not much."After mining they have to fill up the pits which they have not done. The environmental norms have been violated," he added.

The suspension of Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who took on the sand mafia in Noida district, had raised a public outcry. The state government said that she was suspended for ordering the demolition of a mosque wall, and this could have led to communal tensions.


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