In a move to crack down on illegal mining and tax evasion by miners, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered the setting up of special multi-department joint teams, headed by the respective Deputy Commissioners, in all the districts of the state. The teams would comprise officials from taxation, mining, revenue and police departments, an official spokesperson disclosed, adding that they would be mandated to set up nakas to check illegal mining and evasion of taxes. Taking a serious view of the problem of illegal mining, Captain Amarinder made it clear that offenders would not be spared at any cost. Illegal mining and tax evasion had led to heavy losses for the state exchequer and needed to be checked on priority, said the Chief Minister, adding that the state could not afford any more financial losses.
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