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Sand Mafia (India)


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This presentation focusses about the unethical and corrupt activities conducted by the people illegally involved in Sand Mining Activities.

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Sand Mafia (India)

  2. 2. Contents 1. Introduction to Sand Mining. 2. What are illegal sand mining activities? 3. Case study 4. The Sand Mafia Case in the view of business ethics.
  3. 3. 1. Introduction to Sand Mining o Sand mining is a practice that is used to extract sand. o Sand is mined from beaches, and from ocean beds and river beds. o It is often used in manufacturing cement.
  4. 4. What are Illegal Sand Mining Activities?  Illegal mining has been going on at various locations in India today.  The Thekedaars or Contractors forcefully seize the sand and auction it at two to five times the government rate. These people are called as SAND MAFIAS.  Even when the sand is not auctioned to them, they lift it and sell it for huge profits.  They also collect illegal taxes from the fishermen.
  5. 5. 1. Sand mafia truck mows down a cop, 2. Central team finds rampant mining in U.P. district, 3. Durga Shakti Nagpal walked into a trap laid by sand mafia. CASE STUDY:
  6. 6. 1. SAND MAFIA TRUCK MOWS DOWN COP (FARIDABAD, June 12, 2012) • A Haryana Police constable Mahavir Singh was run over by a truck loaded with sand, when he attempted to stop the vehicle at the Badarpur border. Police claimed the bus carried illegal sand minings from Yamuna. He was rushed immediately to the hospital but was unfortunately declared dead on arrival.
  7. 7. The truck which ran over Constable Mahavir Singh
  8. 8. 2. Central team finds rampant mining in U.P. district (AUGUST 10, 2013)  The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had found mining rampant in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh along the Yamuna River.  This was in violation of the environmental regulations, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and the directions given by the Honourable Supreme Court, Honourable High Court of Allahabad and National Green Tribunal, New Delhi.  But the committee did not recommend any action against either the officers or the miners in the district. Instead, it laid down procedures, rules and precautions to be applied in future.
  9. 9. Trucks Loaded with sand illegally mined from Yamuna riverbed seized by Greater Noida police in Gautam Budh Nagar, UP.
  10. 10. 3. Durga Shakti Nagpal walked into a trap laid by sand mafia (August 9, 2013)  Durga Shakti Nagpal, a young Indian civil servant, has found herself the focus of huge media attention and political debate after she was suspended allegedly for ordering the destruction of a wall that was to form part of a mosque.  Political and environmental activists, however, argue that Ms. Nagpal was targeted for work she reportedly did to curtail illegal mining in Uttar Pradesh, the northern Indian state where she was a local magistrate.  Ms. Nagpal, was suspended on July 27 from her post in Gautam Buddh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh by the Samajwadi Party-led government.
  11. 11. The Durga Shakti Nagpal case was a huge controversial issue in the public and social media.
  12. 12. The ‘Sand Mafia’ Case with respect to Ethics 1. Unethical: Clear differentiation between right and wrong is mentioned. 2. Illegal: Punishable under law. 3. Teleological theory: (as people are just thinking about earning profits and not thinking about their correct or incorrect actions), 4. Virtue Ethics: Since they talk more about the controversial issues. 5. Violation of the Environmental norms (Corporate social responsibility, Deontological theory can also be involved).