The Maharashtra Government on 1 September 2015 gave a nod to an ordinance for amending the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act, 1981.
The ordinance would enable the government to put sand mafias behind the bars without any bail for one year by amending the MPDA 1981 Act.
The decision was taken at the weekly cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Features of the Ordinance
• The ordinance would be issued to amend the act and include sand smuggling as well as smugglers in the section II of the act. At present the act vows to prevent the disruptive activities from slumlords, bootleggers, drug offenders and video pirates while the amendment would enable government to act against the sand mafias and food-grain mafias.
• Culprits arrested in illegal sand mining cases will not get bail for one year after their arrest.
• Tampering of the public distribution system (PDS) mechanism and foodgrain mafias will be brought under the ambit of this Act.
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When: 1 September 2015