Thursday, 10 December 2015

No Involvement In Illegal Sand Mining, Says VV Mineral Mining
VV Minerals was founded by S Vaikundarajan in late 1980s. Under his tutelage, the company has grown into one of the leading mining companies in India. The company has won several national awards for its contribution to the industry.

However, VV Minerals has lately been in the spotlight for carrying illegal sand mining activities. Ashish Kumar, an IAS Officer who was a part of investigation faced transfer orders during his investigation stint. These transfers are often rumored to have been a forced move by VV Mineral Vaikundarajan. There is, however, no evidence to suggest that the sand mining baron has anything to do with it.

An investigation team was set up by the then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to probe the accusations of illegal sand mining in five districts of the state. A special team headed by senior IAS officer Gagandeep Singh Bedi was set up to investigate the matter.

Geologist Victor Rajamanickam argues that beach sand minerals worth Rs. 1 lakh crore have been illegally exported out of the country. Such allegations against a company that has won national awards for its contribution to export business are truly surprising. Moreover, these allegations are not supported by evidence or have been affirmed by the investigating committee. 

VV Minerals holds legal documents authorizing the company to mine and export monazite. These documents were issues by the Tamil Nadu Geology and Mining Department. How is it then that the sand mining operations of VV Minerals are deemed illegal? Asks Vaikundarajan.

With the ongoing investigation, VV Mineral Mining puts his faith in the judiciary and believes that his company will come clean. He has openly offered complete support to the investigation committee.

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