State Sitting on Shah Panel Report for 1 Month - The New Indian Express

State Sitting on Shah Panel Report for 1 Month

Published: 24th December 2013 09:59 AM

Last Updated: 24th December 2013 09:59 AM

Though the much-awaited Shah Commission report on the controversial mining deals has been out for the last one month, the Naveen Patnaik Government has been sitting pretty on it.

The observations against the State Government in the commission’s report was a subject matter of discussion in the last Cabinet meeting, the outcome of which was deliberately not made public.

The Steel and Mines department, which has in its possession the report, is in a quandary as to how to deal with it and efforts are on to find scapegoats for the omissions and commissions.

Never in the history of Odisha Cabinet meetings was the agenda kept under wraps like it was done last time. Neither were the Cabinet ministers circulated the agenda for discussion as per the Parliamentary practices nor did the Government think it proper to make the outcome of the discussion public.

Highly placed sources in the Government said the Government took shelter under the model election code of conduct to avoid the observations of the Shah Commission report being made public.

Apart from nailing the Steel and Mines department for its failure to check the unbridled exploitation of mines and minerals, the Shah Commission is reported to have rapped the Forest and Environment department for its complicity too.

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