On July 29th, 2015, almost three years after the alleged thorium scam was brought to light, the Tamil Nadu High Court in a landmark judgment called the blanket ban proposed and imposed by the Government of Tamil Nadu, a mistake.
Three years ago in 2013, the state government of Tamil Nadu (TN) had blanket banned the mining of beach minerals across all coasts of the said state.
The ban included minerals such as rutile, garnet and illimenite which are one of the highest earning export products in India.
The TN government then constituted a committee that would probe the matter and draw meaningful conclusions on necessary policy changes keeping in mind the needs and demands of mining as an industry.
A petition was filed by beach sand mining companies of the state. Ruling by it, the court held that the ban was in contravention of the provisions of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act and Mineral Concession Rules.
While imposing the blanket ban the TN government conveniently forgot to consider the fact that 50,000 Tamilians were dependent on mining as a profession.
The absurd blanket ban has resulted in total cessation of the mining industry in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The TN High Court went a step further and dismissed the findings of the government appointed committee and suggested that a committee run by a Supreme or High Court judge will be more effective unbiased.
VV Mineral was one of the main petitioners before the High Court and has welcomed the verdict with aplomb and positivity.
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