Bhubaneswar: Alarmed at reports of
unabated illegal mining, Orissa government has constituted a
high-level committee to verify legality of different mines.
"The committee has been asked to submit its report on
legality of mine leases (ML) and renewal of mining leases
(RML) by May 10," Steel and Mines minister Raghunath
Mohanty told PTI adding that the committee`s report would be
submitted at the Supreme Court`s Central Empowered Committee
(CEC) on mining irregularities.
Stating that the panel, headed by the Director of
mines, would examine different aspects of MLs and RML, the
minister said it was also empowered to recommend action in
case of violation of norms.
The committee would comprise senior officials from
departments of forest, revenue, home, mines and a senior
scientist from the pollution control board. The members would
verify legality of individual ML and RML, he said.
A formal notification in this regard was issued by the
steel and mines department.
Of about 600 mine leases given so in the state,
operation in more than 160 mines had been suspended after the
`multi-crore mining scam` report came to fore last year.