The suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal by the Uttra Pradesh Government has annoyed the common people as well as the representatives of different officer lobbies throughout the country.

The Environment and Forests Ministry has constituted a committee to assess illegal mining in Uttar Pradesh and the panel will submit a report by August 9.

The Ministry decided to send a team to the State after United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to the Prime Minister seeking stronger action to defend officers such as Durga Shakti Nagpal.

The committee includes MoEF director Dr Saroj, deputy collector of minses (incharge)Dehradun office of IBM and MoEF regional office director K K Garg. "The committee would look into the factual position with a view of suggesting the further course of action," said an MoEF note.

This is text of the order by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on constitution of a Committee to enquire into the adverse environmental impact of the alleged illegal sand mining in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.

The national green tribunal (NGT) on Sunday banned mining or removal of sand from river beds across the country without an environmental clearance amid the uproar over suspension of an IAS officer

Amid the uproar over the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday took judicial note of the environmental threat due to indiscriminate sand mining

The National Green Tribunal today restrained sand mining without any licence or environmental clearance from river beds across the country on a plea alleging that such activities were going on in U

Not just in Gautam Budh Nagar, where former SDM Durga Shakti Nagpal is believed to have been suspended for taking on the sand mafia, illegal mining activities have shot up across UP with no fresh l

Nationwide stay on sand mining comes on plea following Nagpal suspension

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday ordered a nationwide stay on sand mining on river beds without Environment Ministry clearance. The interim order came on a petition filed by the NGT Bar Association as a reaction to the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had been overseeing a drive against illegal sand mining in Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.

While the controversy over the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal — who took on the sand mafia in Greater Noida — still brews, Noida police continue the crackdown in her absence.

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