Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balraju has asked the tribal people in the Agency areas to alert the government if they come across illegal mining by unscrupulous elements at their places.

False charges

The government will then take immediate action to curb the illegal mining and punish the persons responsible for it. He said here on Monday that the government was making every effort to protect the rights of Girijans and ensure their welfare through various schemes and programmes, while some political parties were trying to create chaos in their lives by inciting them with false charges about illegal mining. They were doing so for their own political ends.

The government would not tolerate if some people resorted to mining the areas in violation of the existing laws.