See: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2012/11/letter-to-chairman-atomic-energy.html Illegal mining of Atomic minerals worth Rs. 96,120 crores
The Great Thorium Robbery – failure to protect Atomic minerals – Sam Rajappa exposes IBM’s suggestio falsi and suppressio veri
Letters to the Editor
11 November 2012
More about the Great Thorium Robbery
SIR, ~ This is with reference to Sam Rajappa’s article, “The great thorium robbery” (2 September). He claims that licences have been issued to private companies for the export of monazite and thorium and that the licencing authority is the Nagpur-based Chief Controller of Mines under the Union Ministry of Mines. Mr Rajappa has alleged that the post of Chief Controller of Mines has deliberately been kept vacant since 30 June 2008 at the behest of Mr Ranjan Sahai, Controller of Mines. It has also been stated that several written public complaints are pending against Mr Sahai with the Central Vigilance Commission.
I would like to clarify that the Indian Bureau of Mines is a department under the Ministry of Mines and mandated to ensure systematic development of mineral resources, conservation of minerals and protection of the mining environment in the case of all major minerals except fuel, atomic and minor minerals. The First Schedule of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 specifies thorium, monazite, ilemenite, rutile, leucoxene etc as “atomic minerals” and therefore does (sic) not come under the purview of Indian Bureau of Mines.
The mineral rights in onshore areas are vested with the respective state governments and the mineral concessions are granted by the states. The Indian Bureau of Mines does not grant any licences except granting approval to mining plans other than fuel, atomic and minor minerals. IBM does not grant any licence for the export of minerals.
As regards filling the vacancy of Chief Controller of Mines, the matter has been taken up by the Indian Bureau of Mines with Union Ministry of Mines and in turn with the Union Public Service Commission. The seniority issue is involved and the matter is sub judice. Neither the Indian Bureau of Mines nor Mr Sahai has any role to play.
The article deviates from facts and defames the Indian Bureau of Mines in general and Mr Sahai, Controller of Mines, in particular.
yours, etc., yg kale, (technical secretary, indian bureau of mines), 29 october.
2 Sam Rajappa replies: The correspondent excels in suggestio falsi and suppressio veri. His letter does not contest the facts brought out by the article on The Great Thorium Robbery. He acknowledges the IBM, under the Ministry of Mines, is “mandated to ensure systematic development of mineral resources, conservation of minerals and protection of mining environment in all minerals except fuel, atomic and minor minerals in the country.” The entire burden of the article is the failure of IBM to carry out its mandated task.
The letter says thorium, monazite, ilemenite, rutile, leucoxene etc are specified as atomic minerals and therefore they does (sic) not come under the purview of IBM. These minerals ceased to be Prescribed Substances under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962, with effect from 1 January 2007, vide Government of India Notification S.O.61(E) gazetted on 20 January, 2006. It is a tragedy the technical secretary of IBM does not even know which minerals are under the control of the Ministry of Mines, which explains the great thorium robbery without let or hindrance.
The States grant mineral rights only after complying with the statutory approval of mining plans by IBM. The article never said IBM grants export licences.
It is not clear what Mr Kale means by saying the post of Chief Controller of Mines has been kept vacant for the last five years because of “seniority problems of the incumbent,” and that the matter is sub judice. The seniority list of Controller of Mines, provided by the Ministry of Mines, leaves no scope for any ambiguity. The seniormost in IBM is Dr BP Sinha who holds a Ph.D in mining engineering, besides B.Tech, MSc, and LLB, and had joined the department on 30 April 1979. Ranjan Sahai, next in line, holds B.Tech and AISM in mining. He joined the department on 2 March 1981. Except for age, Sahai, who is 58 and Sinha is only 53, the former has no claim to seniority and the UPSC has already selected Sinha for the post of CCM. ~ Ed S.