Rajasthan govt to close down mines, seers call off protest

 
Rajasthan govt to close down mines, seers call off protest

Jaipur: After a seer set himself afire in protest against illegal stone mining in Bharatpur on Wednesday, the Rajasthan government assured the agitators that it would close down the mines in Adi Badrinath and Kankhachal Hills areas. On the grounds of the government’s assurances, the seers decided to call off their one and a half years old agitation on Thursday. As the conditions of the seer Vijay Das who set himself afire deteriorated, he was shifted to a hospital in Delhi.

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Sources in the SMS Hospital in Jail said that Das had sustained 80% of burns and he was critical. Similarly, another seer had climbed atop a mobile tower demanding a ban on mining. On the heels of these developments, the Congress-led government in the state said that it would close down the mines and issue a notification for it in a fortnight.

According to collector Bharatpur Alok Ranjan, 34 mines are operated in Adi Badrinath area and 11 in Kankhachal Hills area. The mines were allotted from 2000 to 2018. He said around 2,500 people are engaged in these mines and they will now get employment in another area. He also said that after the announcement, the seers called off their agitation.