Copy of mail send to National Security Adviser to take action against illegal mining Don Dhayadevadas and his associates

From: Pauldurai Perumal <>
Date: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Real fact about illegal mining don Mr. Dayadevadas, an associate of Ex.Congress Central Minister Mr.Dhanuskodi Adithan making false complaints against all other industrialists – Humble request to take action

To                                           Date : 28.6.2016


The National Security Advisor,

Prime Minister ‘s Secretariat,

South Block, Raisina Hill,

New Delhi – 110 011


Dear Sir,


Sub : Mines and Minerals – Real fact about illegal mining don Mr.

Dayadevadas, an associate of Ex.Congress Central Minister

Mr.Dhanuskodi Adithan making false complaints against all other industrialists – Humble request to take action – reg.


We would like to bring to your kind knowledge that our association is very happy with our Honourable Prime Minister’s initiative and action for bringing transparency in the mining industry for the growth of mining sector to improve the GDP of our nation. We like to bring the following facts on the Beach Sand Minerals (BSM) Sector.


Mr. DhanuskodiAdithan, Ex.Congress Central Minister and Mr.Dhayadevadas his political PA during the congress ruling period formed mining companies in the  name of Indian Garnet Sand Company and Southern Enterprises for carrying out  illegal mining in a big way (Ex.1).


This Indian Garnet Sand Company and Southern Enterprises have done illegal mining, outside their lease area to the tune of 3.93 Million M.Ton of BSM deposits without keeping any relevant records. This is the second largest illegal mining case in  independent India,  after  that of Reddy Brothers’  illegal mining to the tune of 5.3 Million M.Ton of Iron Ore. The Government directed the District Collector to seize all the illegally mined beach minerals including Atomic Minerals vide its letter No. 17407/MMD1/2011 dated 14.11.2011 and terminated the mining leases granted to these two organisations and intimated the fact to the Honourable High Court (Ex.2). The Honourable High Court of Judicature Madras at Madurai directed the State Govt., to take action in accordance with law vide its order in W.P. 175 of 2010 dated 18.11.2011.


This illegal mining Don filed a review petition against the said order, which was dismissed in R.A.61 of 2011  dated 12.12.2013. The Honourable Supreme Court also dismissed the SLP vide its order CC Nos. 740-741/2015 dated 02.02.2015 (Ex.3)


As all their leases were terminated and they had to close down the operations, they had been constantly writing complaints about other sincere organisations in the BSM sector to various agencies including the state government. It is also presumed that this group is purposefully doing this to curtail the growth of the BSM industry in India on the instigation of some Australian companies.


Till 1997, Australia was the top player in the BSM sector and India was in the seventh position. During 1998, when Mr.Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, the then NDA government realised that, even though India has 35% of world reserves, the production to reserve ratio was less than 0.001%.  Hence, the then government took a brave and positive action and opened the BSM sector to wholly Indian Owned companies. This had resulted in a lot of Indian Entrepreneurs entering this field, bringing the production to reserve ratio to 0.0018%. Presently our country’s BSM sector production is only 2% against a reserve of 35% of the total world reserves. Due to the bold action of Mr. Vajpayee ji, our Honourable Prime Minister in 1998, our export rose from Rs.30 Crore to Rs.7500 per year and also creating more than 50,000 direct and indirect employment. It is understood that to curtail the growth of BSM sector in India, an Australian company is using this group headed by         Mr.Dhayadevadas to constantly write complaints about all other companies with the sole intention of disrupting the BSM sector growth in India using their money power.


All private entrepreneurs joined together and formed one association in the name of “Beach Mineral Producers Association” in which Indian Garnet Sand Company and Southern Enterprises which belong to the illegal mining don group are not members. All other private mining lessees are members in this association.  The primary aim of this association is to aid the growth of this industry in India.


To make complaint against other companies, Mr.Dhayadevadas illegally registered a company in the name of “Federation of Placer Mineral Industries”, in which their only two companies are members.  When this was brought to the notice of the CBI, the CBI directed the Regional Director of company affairs to take action against the said company (Ex.4). The Regional Director also wrote to Govt., of India seeking permission to take action. Since, at that time congress was ruling at the centre and Ex.Congress Central Minister was associated with this company, they were able to close the file without any action. In fact that is not a federation but a company registered only for making complaints against others. This has been reported by various authorities to Govt., of India.


Mr. Dhayadevadas, who claims to have a doctorate degree does not have a genuine doctorate degree from any recognized university. But he got his fake doctorate by paying Rs.5000 to Indo Korean Christian Chamber mentioning that he had made research on the “Holy Bible”.  He is using his fake doctorate to threaten the officials and prevent the officials from taking action against his illegal dealings and activities.


This gentleman has business enmity against VV Mineral, one of our member companies from 1988 itself.  In 1989, when the congress was in Rule, our government deputed a group of 15 Members of Parliament to South Korea as cultural tour.  Mr. DhanuskodiAdithan was also one of the Member of Parliament and a member of the group. In the name of cultural tour, he visited South Korea along with Mr.Dhayadevadas and met VV Mineral customers and threatened them that, they are very strong political power in India and can control any makers in India. The telex message received from South Korean Customer is attached herewith. (EX.5)


Misusing the power of member of parliament, Mr.Dhanuskodiadithan illegally obtained certain details from the Director of Geology and Mining and used the same through Mr. Dhayadevadas for their business use (Ex.6).  If you go through the Southern Enterprises letter Head, you can find out the phone number of Chennai which is allotted by Government to Mr.DhanuskodiAdithan, Member of Parliament. Thus he had misused his MP position and government fund and the phone allotted to the MP only for their mining business.


Since he was influential person in Congress period as  Central Minister, to create problems to his competitors like VV Mineral and all other private mining lessees, misused his position to send team of officials to inspect all the private mining lessees and to get a report against the lessees.  However, all these inspection reports indicated that his complaints are false and these reports are still in record.


Mr. Dhayadevadas has filed number of writ petitions against VV Mineral and other companies in the name of Federation and through some other hooligans which all are dismissed by the Honourable High Courts.


Then Mr. Dhayadevadas tried to control the BSM sector by illegally capturing the post of the Vice President of Southern Region CAPEXIL. Thanks to the President Mr.Patra of CAPEXIL who refused to mend to his designs and he could not succeed in his attempt  to control the private mining lessees.


Mr. Dhaydevadas keeps with him retired corrupt IAS and other officials, retired professors by enticing them with money and religion and direct them to constantly write complaints against the members of our association.  This has been secretly videographed and available in our association website. You can find out the same in


It is also understood that even now, also he is trying to enter some committee by influencing certain officials in Delhi to curtail the development of the BSM sector.


By taking stringent action against Mr. Dhyadevadas and Mr.Dhanuskodi Adithan gang for their illegal mining of 3.93 million M.Tons and by encouraging other entrepreneurs to get into this BSM sector, the country can save more than Rs. 10,000 crores in foreign exchange by avoiding import of minerals and their value added products like  titanium chemicals, zirconium chemicals and rare earths. This will also result in foreign exchange earnings of more than Rs.50,000 Crores as well as getting additional revenue by export duty, excise duty, VAT, royalty etc. In addition there will be generation of additional employment for one lakh people. This will really result in helping our Honourable Prime Minister’s “MAKE IN INDIA” in a big way.


We will be honoured, if our association is given a chance to have a personal meeting with you and present the facts on the BSM sector. Only the president, secretary and our advisor, who is a BSM expert, will come for the meeting.  We are really interested to augment our Honourable Prime Minister’s development agenda with our involvement for the development of the BSM sector. The meeting need to be for a short duration of around fifteen minutes. Where we will be able to present the facts.


We therefore request you sir, for an appointment to meet your goodself for presenting the real facts on BSM mining.


Your confirmation may kindly be sent to our mail id :

Thanking you

Yours truly

N.Pauldurai @ Perumal

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Beach sand mining not cause of sea erosion

Beach sand mining not cause of sea erosion


Published Jun 23, 2016, 7:27 am IST
More than 400 lives were lost in this area during the tsunami as the IRE mining operations were “without proper CRZ clearance under CRZ notification.



Tirunelveli: Beach sand mining does not cause sea erosion if it is done scientifically and after obtaining proper Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearances, says President Pauldurai Perumal of the Beach Mineral Producers’ Association here.

Reacting to the statement from a team of experts from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) warning that exploitation sans replenishment of heavy minerals like limonite, zircon and garnet would affect the “balance of coastal ecosystem” and that Tamil Nadu would lost its coastline over the next few decades if this situation is allowed to continue, Mr Perumal said in a statement that the danger to the coastline arose only from indiscriminate mining of beach minerals by certain unscrupulous groups, who operated without CRZ clearances.

“Beach mineral sand, if mined with proper CRZ clearance, will not affect seashore or the coastal area. For example, during the tsunami, all the Tamil Nadu coastal districts were affected, whereas, there was no damage either to the seashore or to the people, where beach mineral mining leases were granted to VV Mineral company, which operated under CRZ clearance.

“The main reason was that the mining operations were done by VV under the direct supervision of the mining geologists and other statutorily appointed qualified persons”, Mr Perumal said.

 Referring to an article published in DC (June 18) relating to coastal stretch being affected by sand mining operations, he said the area shown “are under the mining lease of the Indian Rare Earths Limited (IRE), a Government of India company”. He also sent copies of RTI replies and the related notice to the IRE from the Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority in 2007 asking the GoI company why penal action should not be taken against it for continuing beach sand mining without CRZ clearances in Manavalakurichi village of Kanyakumari district. More than 400 lives were lost in this area during the tsunami as the IRE mining operations were “without proper CRZ clearance under CRZ notification”, Mr Perumal explained.
DC clarification - Beach Sand mining cause no sea erosion

Government to discuss with industry atomic, offshore minerals policy

The Economic Times

By PTI | Jun 14, 2016, 05.43 PM IST
The ministry is organising a national mining conclave next month, in Raipur (Chhattisgarh).

“Conclave will see deliberations between the government and the industry on challenges and opportunities in the mining sector. The issues that will be discussed include Offshore Mineral Policy, Atomic minerals Policy and National Mineral Exploration Policy,” a senior government official said.

The scenario regarding the availability and of raw materials for the steel industry will also come up for deliberations, he added.

The government is in the process of framing regulations for exploration and mining in offshore blocks, which contain minerals such as zirconium, titanium, thorium, tungsten and rare earth elements.

The ministry has set up a committee that is framing the rules under the Offshore Development and Regulation Act.

As per government data, a total of 62 blocks have been identified in the offshore areas of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Heavy mineral sands is an important source of zirconium, titanium, thorium, tungsten, rare earth elements as well as industrial minerals such as diamond, sapphire and garnet.

Regarding atomic Minerals, the government has floated the draft paper, Atomic Minerals Concession Rules 2016, inviting comments on allowing the states to auction atomic minerals which have radioactive content below a threshold limit.

As per the draft, leases of existing operators will be terminated if they are not government organisations in case the Threshold Limit Value (TLVs) exceed norms, which has been protested by the beach sand mining industry in the country.

Beach sand mining generally includes ilmenite, rutile, zircon, garnet, monazite, leucoxene and sillimanite. Most of these minerals occur together, their individual contents varying from deposit to deposit, with the major mineral in most deposits being ilmenite.

Deccan Chronicle published one News about the sea erosion in Kanyakumari District very close IRE Ltd mining lease area which operate without CRZ Clearance. This will affect our members. Hence a clarification letter was send to Deccan Chronicle informing that, there is no sea erosion. Hence there is no sea wall in any of the private mining lease area or surrounding area. The above clarification send Deccan Chronicle is published below for our members and General public information.


The Editor,

Deccan Chronicle News Paper

SP-3, Developed Plot,

Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai – 600 032


This has reference to the news item published in 17.06.2016, Deccan Chronical, Chennai Edition 2nd page under the Heading of “Four TN Beaches make Dirtiest Stretch”


In this connection, I want to bring the following facts to publish your paper. Mineral sand mining, if mined with proper CRZ clearance, it will not affect seashore or the coastal area.  For example, during the Tsunami all the Tamilnadu Coastal districts are affected, whereas, there is no damage either to the seashore or to the people, where beach mineral mining leases are granted to private parties. The main reason  they have complied the conditions of CRZ clearance and the mining operations are under the Direct supervision of Mining Manager, Mining Geologists and other statutory appointed qualified persons.  Hence there is no damage to private mining lease areas. Meantime, Govt., of India is also operating this beach mineral mining under Central Govt., company in Manavalakurichi, Lakshmipuram, Kollachel villages, where during the Tsunami more than 400 lives were lost on that area. The main reason is IRE Ltd was carrying out mining activities without proper CRZ Clearance under CRZ Notification and they continue to operated the mines even now without clearance. That is why, the erosion is very huge on that areas.


You have simply mentioned the beach mineral mining has affected the coastal stretch. Please note all the area where you indicated the road damage etc., are under IRE Ltd mining lease.  Vested interest persons who claim that they are environmental experts and fighting against private mining lessees did not open their mouth against IRE Ltd for operating the mine without CRZ Clearance.  But they are repeating allegations against some private mines who are operating the mine with proper clearances. There is no private mining leases granted in any of the above said four areas. Moreover in any area where  beach Mineral mining lease granted to private parties, there is no habitation and no sea erosion. Hence, there is no sea wall constructed by the Government. The main reason is the lessees are complying with the terms and conditions of the CRZ Clearances.


Without giving the clarification, simply publishing the News will definitely affect the private mining lessees who are operating in accordance with law. Moreover all the private mining lessees are giving preference only to collect the replenishable deposit.  Hence on any account there is no change for the coast line. If the coast line is affected, MoEF who grant the CRZ clearance will take stringent action.


Over exploitation also not possible, as, while submitting application for CRZ clearance EIA / EMP should prepared with experts which contain the yearwise mineable quantity etc., This will be studied by the Expert Committee of the MoEF and based on the Expert Committee report only, the CRZ clearances will be granted.  As a Govt., company, IRE Ltd did not follow any of the regulations relating to CRZ. Their expansion project was already rejected by MoEF.  Even now they continue the mining operation without environmental clearance whereas, mining lessees who obtained proper clearances did not operated the mine for last 2½ year.


For your information, all over the world coastal erosion is a serious problem. The main reason is Global Warming etc., The coastal mining leases are granted only in Kanyakumari completely to IRE Ltd who are operating without CRZ clearance and in Tirunelveli, Tuticorin districts selective pockets to private parties with proper CRZ Clearance, where there is no sea erosion or damage to the shore.  But even in non-mining lease area, sea erosion is a serious problem. For example Rameswaram and Nagapattinam Districts. Due to business motive one particular company who have political influence in the previous Central Govt., engaged some Retd. officials to spread rumours against this industry.


Dr.Victor Rajamanikam is the Head for this team. A video about this is available in   You can see that.


So please clarify the same that, no private mining lessees are operating in the damaged area, which you published the photos.


I am attaching copy of letter from Govt., of India , which confirm no CRZ clearance issued to IRE Ltd and copy of show cause issued by Director of Environment and Director’s letter to District Collector to take action against IRE Ltd. More than one decade passes no action by the authorities. But to save this company, the environmental clearance obtained companies are victimized.


For your information, I am attaching a link. ( You can find out that, all the states in India are affected with sea erosion.   Andaman Nicobar Island is affected more than 86% were there is no beach mineral mining. Hence please publish the clarification in your publication tomorrow.

Yours truly

N.Pauldurai @ Perumal

India Woos Explorers of Rare Earths Used in Missiles and Lasers

  • Government to issue a new policy for private companies
  • India has significant reserves of rare earth minerals

The framework due by the end of June will demarcate a total area of 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) where companies can search for rare earths, and introduce auctions for the right to explore for the deposits, according to Balvinder Kumar, the top bureaucrat in the nation’s Ministry of Mines.

“At the moment it isn’t clear about who can explore which areas,” Kumar said in an interview Tuesday in New Delhi. “There will be clarity now.”

The South Asian nation has one of the world’s bigger reserves of rare earths, a group of obscure minerals produced mostly by mines in China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is trying to cut the complex red tape and land acquisition hurdles that have prevented the nation from fully exploiting not just rare earths, but also rich seams of resources such as coal, bauxite and gold.

The region to be earmarked for exploration includes states such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu, according to Kumar, with another 400 square kilometers set aside exclusively for state-run companies to search for uranium and thorium.


Following a policy change last year, explorers now have to bid in auctions for the right to mine deposits they find. For critics, that leaves little incentive to scour the world’s seventh-largest land mass for minerals and metals, since the discoverer could lose the find to another bidder.

The government plans to introduce a system of royalties for explorers over the life of a mine to help plug the gap.

Even though used in small quantities, rare earth elements are key components in high-technology products, ranging from mobile phones to electric cars to defense guidance systems.

State-run Indian Rare Earths Ltd. helped the nation mine 2,800 metric tons of such ore in 2013, or 2.5 percent of the global total, according to a presentation by the company citing U.S. Geological Survey data. The USGS’s latest Mineral Commodity Summaries report doesn’t provide Indian output numbers for 2014 and 2015.

The new framework due this month should help private companies explore for minerals such as monazite, said Vaikundarajan Subramanian, director of Chennai-based miner V. V. Mineral Pvt.

The rare earths produced could in turn encourage local manufacturing of products such as optical equipment, lasers and missile-guidance systems, he said.

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Government move to open Atomic Minerals to private parties which will generate one lakh new employment and foreign exchange earnings of more than Rs.10,000 Cr /yr in addition to self sufficiency of Nuclear fuel for Indian Nuclear Power plants.


Balvinder Kumar, secretary in the mines ministry, said the government plans to usher in competition in the leasing process.


The government, like it did with hydrocarbons, is set to open up exploration and production of atomic minerals to private mining companies.

It is part of a strategy to increase domestic supplies of fuel as the country readies to expand its nuclear power generation capacity, Balvinder Kumar, secretary in the ministry of mines, said.

India currently has a 5.7 gigawatts (GW) nuclear power generation capacity, which barely accounts for 2% of the total power capacity but is expected to witness a sharp increase over the next 16 years as the country moves away from fossil fuels for its energy needs.

The Department of Atomic Energy’s target is to have 63GW of nuclear power capacity by 2032.

Fossil fuels account for 71% of the electricity output and the government wants to bring it down to less than 60% by 2030 as per its climate change action plan.

The proposed six nuclear reactors, for which talks between the Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd and US-based Westinghouse Electric Corp. are likely to be concluded by 2017, will alone more than double the country’s nuclear power output in the short term.

Kumar said rules for opening up exploration of atomic minerals to the private sector will be brought out shortly. Out of the country’s 1,400 sq. km of atomic mineral-rich area, about 1,000 sq. km along the coast—where minerals are available below specified thresholds—will be offered for prospecting and production through competitive bids. State agencies will retain rights to operate the remaining 400 sq. km.

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act of 1957, which was amended in March 2015, provided for the auction of mining leases except for atomic minerals, for which the government was empowered to frame separate rules. “We are now addressing that part that was left out, in order to usher in competition and transparency in the case of atomic mineral leases. This will help us tap resources that are available domestically, so that imports can be reduced,” said Kumar.

The government does not give the break-up of imports and domestic supply of nuclear fuel. Data tabled in Parliament show the country processed 1,252 tonnes of natural uranium from imported as well as domestic sources in 2014-15. An indigenous 700 megawatts (MW) pressurized heavy water reactor requires about 125 tonnes of uranium a year. The new mining lease auction rules will cover minerals such as uranium, thorium, titanium and zirconium.

There are large deposits of uranium in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Telangana, according to the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research. Mines in some of these states are being expanded. Some of the minerals classified as atomic minerals have other industrial applications, too. Titanium, for example, is used in the paint and pigment industry.

Experts, however, said private mining firms’ interest in these leases would largely depend on how reliable the data available to them on mineral reserves is, how the nascent market for these minerals picks up and the deftness state administrations show in handling issues relating to local communities.

“It will be a challenge to run an auction for these minerals at this time as key supply and demand parameters such as resource availability and market prospects are unclear,” said Kameswara Rao, leader of energy utilities and mining at PricewaterhouseCoopers in India.

A key need is to improve availability and quality of geological data, which is more acute for minor and speciality minerals. The government could encourage private investment in reconnaissance activity using modern aerial techniques, including the use of drones, said Rao. Also, it is important for state governments to build institutional capacity in their mineral development agencies, he added. After the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with the US signed in October 2008, India signed uranium import deals with Navoi Mining and Metallurgy Combinat JSC of Uzbekistan, JSC TVEL Corp. of Russia, NAC Kazatomprom JSC of Kazakhstan and Cameco Corp. of Canada.

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Copy of Memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister through online “Developing and Transforming India” and the Reply from PMO

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Respected Sir,

Sub: Submission with a request to solve the problems faced by Beach Sand Minerals producers caused by the recent amendments to the MMRD Act Amendment 2015.

Beach Sand Minerals (BSM) are a group of minerals normally occur as placer deposits. The major mineral is ilmenite which is iron titanium oxide. The associated minerals are normally garnet, sillimanite, zircon, rutile, leucoxene and monazite less than 1%.

The National Mineral Policy recognized the need for encouraging private investment including foreign direct investment and for attracting state of arc technology in the mineral sector.

The reserve estimates indicate that Indian deposits contain around 593 million tonnes of ilmenite which is 35 % of the world ilmenite reserves which was exclusively with the government sector until 1998. Policy on Beach Mineral was notified in 1998 and wholly Indian owned companies are permitted to enter in this field. Hence our export growth goes from 0.1% to 4%  of world production. There is abundant scope for improvement in share of production to the level of the share of reserves.

Now Ilmenite, Rutile, Zircon, Leucoxene and Monazite all are Part ‘B’ of the 1st  Schedule as Atomic Minerals.  Since these Ilmenite, Rutile, Leucoxene, Zircon etc., are not used for production of Atomic Energy or research thereof, the High level committee of Planning Commission request to de-list the above minerals from list of Atomic Minerals.

Accordingly DAE delisted it with effect from 1.1.2007. But in the MMDR Act, the above said minerals are not de-listed from Atomic Minerals even after these were delisted by DAE.

If Govt., of India want to harvest the fullest fruit in terms of the MMDR Amended Act, 2015 by encouraging private entrepreneur and foreign direct investment etc., it is just and necessary to change Ilmenite, Rutile, Zircon, Leucoxene from the Part-‘B’ of first schedule of MMDR Act to second schedule of MMDR Act, so that additional employment generation of one to five lakh people will be created, in addition to, foreign exchange earnings of Rs.10,000 Crores per year.

The mining leases should be permitted to recover all the associated minerals.

It is more important to allow to produce rare earth oxides by wholly Indian owned companies considering the outflow of foreign exchange in importing these products and also the strategic importance of increasing the production of rare earths, thorium and uranium to reduce the dependence of the country on other nations and make “the production and processing of the mineral monazite, a make in India program”.

We therefore request the Honorable Prime Minister to intervene in this matter and to convene a joint meeting of the central government departments and state governments of BSM along with our association representatives to discuss and take action to make suitable amendments in the first schedule by changing the above minerals to the second Schedule of MMDR Act and also for sorting out all the above mentioned difficulties.

-Beach Mineral Producers Association-

Miners see red over Atomic Minerals Concession Rules

Miners see red over Atomic Minerals Concession Rules

 June 1, 2016 | UPDATED 21:50 IST
 Bhubaneswar, Jun 1 (PTI) With the government mulling various measures to reduce dependence on import of atomic minerals, beach sand miners have voiced concern claiming the move will keep even the existing businesses out of market.

The government has floated the draft paper titled The Atomic Minerals Concession Rules, 2016 inviting comments on allowing the states to auction atomic minerals which have radioactive content below a threshold limit.

“The very concept of threshold limit value (TLV) is unscientific and seems to have been arrived at arbitrarily without fundamental principles. Basing the entire future of beach sand minerals (BSM) industry on this single factor is highly lopsided and irrational,” S Vaikundarajan, Secretary, Beach Minerals Producers Association said in a statement.

“This TLV criterion is purely to safeguard government organisations and hide inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. This is also totally against national interest, which disregards the benefit that will accrue to the nation in the absence of this TLV clause,” he said.

As per the draft, leases of existing operators will be terminated if they are not government organisations in case the TLVs exceed norms, he said.

“This is completely wrong. Existing operators have already spent crores of rupees on setting up various facilities and infrastructure. Terminating existing leases on such insignificant and inappropriate grounds will be a major setback for the BSM industry. It will also reduce foreign exchange earnings heavily and increase foreign exchange outflows tremendously,” the association secretary added.

BSM generally includes ilmenite, rutile, zircon, garnet, monazite, leucoxene and sillimanite. Most of these minerals occur together, their individual contents varying from deposit to deposit, with the major mineral in most deposits being ilmenite.

Beach sand mining in India is more than a century old. The first mining began in 1908, when beach sand containing monazite was mined and taken to European nations from the erstwhile Travancore state.

Expressing similar views, C Swamydas, Chief Advisor, VV Mineral, who is associated with various government and non-government projects in India and abroad, said government needs to develop BSM sector in the national interest.

“Bring BSM as contemplated in the draft amendment to the MMDR Amendment Act 2011, and have a suitable monazite policy to safeguard conservation of monazite and allow private as well as foreign companies to exploit BSM deposits as per the guidelines.

“If these rules are implemented, fix the TLV limit as 5 per cent monazite in Total Heavy Minerals (THM) of the deposit,” said Swamydas, who was on a visit here recently, adding that the mining concession shall be given only to parties with surface rights.

Deccan Chronicle

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