Orissa forms committee to verify legality of mine leases
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 17:51
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.


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 17:51

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