Bhubaneswar, November 21 (LocalWire): In its efforts to curb the smuggling of minor minerals, the Government of Odisha has been working towards invigorating the state enforcement mechanism.
While the state has constituted separate taskforce and deployed armed police in theft-prone mineral-rich zones, it has now decided to use technologies like the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) in tehsils and two sub-divisions that have been identified as minor mineral smuggling zones.
The government has also roped in the state-run Orissa Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC) for its technical expertise in using the DGPS and to keep a tab on illegal mining and smuggling of minor minerals.
Informing this in the Assembly on Wednesday, the government also revealed that it has so far spent Rs 1.89 crore on the DGPS project.
One section of armed police reserve force has been stationed at each of the ten theft-prone zones, the government said, adding that the mining activities have been completely been banned at Dankari hillock in Jajpur district after concern was raised by the National Green Tribunal.
To further beef up the enforcement mechanism, the government has allocated Rs 9.63 crore during 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years and the funds have been placed with the collectors of the minor mineral-rich districts.
The collectors have been conferred the financial power to use it for enforcement purposes.