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     Raipur, February 20, 2024: Members from both the opposition Congress and ruling BJP today expressed concern in Chhattisgarh Assembly over the illegal mining of sands from the rivers of the state.

     Senior BJP legislature Dharamjeet Singh urged the Minister to take an aerial survey and see how heavy machines are being deployed for mining of sands from rivers and if his statement was found wrong he was ready to resign from the house.

Chhattisgarh Assembly

     Members belonging to both the treasury and opposition benches demanded the government to stop the terror of the sand mafias also.

     Congress MLS Sheshraj Harbansh had raised the issue during question hour and many members joined her, including Rikesh Sen of BJP among others.

File photo of Minister O P Choudhary

     Many demanded that instead of giving the permit to sand mafias the mining of sand should be given to panchayats.

      Finance Minister O P Choudhary assured the agitating members to take appropriate actions within 15 days to check the activities of illegal minings.

Speaker Dr Raman Singh

     Meanwhile, on suggestions of the Speaker Dr Raman Singh, Minister O P Choudhary said the government will allow free of cost sand in small vehicles for construction of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yoajana.

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