New claims in the illegal sand beach mining allegation games; AAP joins in with a propaganda post proposing an illegal and underhanded connection between the governmental and political parties of Tamil Nadu. Claiming that the opportune and capitalist ideologies of the politicians have lead to the widespread corruption in Tamil Nadu.
In a propaganda post by AAP, VVMinerals has been falsely accused of large scale illegal beach mineral mining, on their website.
The post is based on the allegations made by Tuticorin collector, Mr. Ashish Kumar. He claims that during his raid on August 6, 2013, he discovered that V.V. Minerals had encroached 30 hectares of Government land. However, he holds no proof for this.
The raid report reads that around 2,30,000 metric tonnes of minerals were mined illegally by V.V. Mineral.
Owing to the severity of his allegations, Mr. Ashish Kumar was transferred immediately after he conducted raids on the sand quarry of V.V. Minerals in August 2013.
In the meantime, the State Government suspended the mining activities of VV Minerals India and has ordered an enquiry into the alleged illegal mining headed by Revenue Secretary Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi in August 2013.
The report which was stipulated to be submitted within a month to the State Government has not come out in public yet. Thus, VV Minerals continues its stance of being innocent until proven guilty.
Amid this confusion, claims are also being made about the involvement of the AIADMK and DMK governments in issuing false licences to the mining companies of the area.
The question that now remains is the one that will lay blame on either party for the alleged illegal sand beach mining on the coasts of Tuticorin.
Water is where life takes form and transforms into a living, breathing being and this is followed by a billion species. At VV Mineral, knowing the importance of water as a resource in the process of mineral separation, we ensure that it isn’t exploited. Instead we ensure a smart, pragmatic and studied approach to water utilisation.
When VV minerals was brought under probe in an alleged illegal beach mining scam the government was shocked to see that the private export player held legitimate licences and permissions to not only mine but also export rare earth materials.
All the licences have been issued by the state government and Vaikundarajan can claim confidently that no part of his business is a illegal by any chance.
He further explains that he had received not one or two but a whole of 16 licences in the year 2002-03 which gave VV Minerals the right to mine ilmenite, rutile and garnet. The licenses also gives VV Mineral the permission to export these materials.
The 16 licences that were issued did not allow the mining giant to mine or export monazite which the company has consciously stayed clear off, making all their mining activities a hundred percent legal.
Ten years later VV Minerals however was granted further issuances to mine and export monazite as well. The documents also state a royalty rate to be paid to the Goverment of India making it as legitimate as it gets.
However, when the allegation began to make rounds the central government has turned facts around, claiming that these issuances were never made. On which note, Vaikundarajan is confident that this an effort to sabotage his success and image.
He is sincerely shocked about being called a massive mining mafia. He says that everything he did was in interest of the people of the state and the country by and large and hence it is absurd that things have taken a turn for the worst as of now.
On August 6, 2013 VV Minerals was brought under raid for illegal beach mining and encroachment claims by the government. The raid report claims that the company is actually using 30 hectares versus the approved 4 hectares for mining. They further went on to claim that the owner of VV Minerals, Vaikundarajan has a monopoly in the area and has thus managed to indulge in various mining lease and environmental violations.
The company deals in Ilmenite and Garnet mining and export. The enquiry also reveals a letter that was sent to the district officials claiming similar terrifying facts about the company. It also mentions that the company received a mining license in just 72 days owing to their ownership and influence in the region.
However, Vaikundarajan of VV Minerals India also made counter revelations to prove that there is no fundamental foundation to the allegations. He claimed that some of the government officials are as good as payroll employees of his rival businesses and are trying hard to represent him as the sand mafia. He has however decided to remain calm in the face of the storm and wait for these allegations to be completely rubbished.