Illegal mining: Odisha scraps lease of some mines

Published: 07th October 2012 08:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2012 08:34 PM   |  A+A-


In a bid to prevent illegal mining, Odisha government has decided to cancel the lease of certain mines, whose renewal was due between February 1987 and September 1994 by changing some provisions in the Mining Concession Rules, 1960.

The state government has also sought prior approval of the Central Government for renewal of lease prior to December 20,1999. Therefore, renewal made in violation of this provision before this date is invalid, official sources said today.

The Principal Secretary of steel and mines department asked the Director of Mines to identify such leases.

"Therefore, you are asked to suspend the operation of the mines, if any of them are currently working," Steel and Mines Secretary said in a letter to the Mines Director.

The director was also asked to furnish a report to the government within 15 days giving details of cases where renewal of mining lease has been deemed to have been refused during February 10, 1987 to September 25, 1994.

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