NEW DELHI: Indian states have managed to gather a total of Rs 622.29 crore in fines against illegal mining for the first three months of the ongoing fiscal year. While Maharashtra collected the highest number in fines with Rs 131.43 crore, Andhra Pradesh received Rs 93.04 crore. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka follow the league with Rs 85.10 crore, Rs 65.73 crore and Rs 52.23 crore respectively.
For the period April-June, the Mines Ministry noted a total of 25,519 illegal mining cases compared to 94,599 cases seen for the entire fiscal year 2011-12. States are considered owners of all mines and they can create rules to prevent illegal mining, transportation and storage of minerals. While the fines go up, the mining and quarrying sector's contribution to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came down to 2.41 per cent in 2011-12 from 2.7 per cent in 2010-11.