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1) Is sand mining illegal in India? Discuss the impacts of sand mining and suggest way forward.(250 words)

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

1) Is sand mining illegal in India? Discuss the impacts of sand mining and suggest way forward.(250 words)

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Why this question:

  1. Sasikanth Senthil, a 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer and Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, has resigned from the civil services; he is credited with dealing with illegal sand mining in the district of Uttara Kannada effectively.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the legalities of sand mining in India and the impact it has on ecology along with suggestions to overcome the issue.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief discuss the issue in India and its prevalence.

Body:

Explain what sand mining is – it is a practice that is becoming an environmental issue in India. Environmentalists have raised public awareness of illegal sand mining in the states of the country.

Explain the effects of unregulated sand mining.

Unregulated mining of large volumes of sand along beaches leads to their erosion. Sea beaches are usually formed by the balanced action of depositional and erosional forces.

Conclusion:

Conclude with need to curb the illegal mining issue prevalent in the country and urgent need to arrest the conditions.