- Maharashtra cabinet is likely to approve a proposal to take action against the sand mafia under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (MPDA) at its next meeting.
- Minister of state for Revenue Sanjay Rathod today said the government had prepared the proposal.
- The government would not be enacting a new law to curb the illegal sand mining, instead it was going to amend the existing laws to make them more stringent.
- Charges of dacoity will be pressed against those who are caught stealing machines used for sand excavation and such machines will be seized.
- The provisions of MPDA will be applied in case of attack on revenue officials.
- The home, law and judiciary departments as well as the chief secretary’s office have given their sanction to the new provisions.
- They will come into existence after the cabinet’s approval.
- Revenue minister Eknath Khadse had recently said that sand dredging is banned in many areas including the neighbouring (coastal) Raigad district, but illegal dredging was rampant.
Source:PTI MM KRK NHR JMF