The Opposition Congress and BJP on Monday demanded in the Assembly a discussion on the multi-crore Uliburu mining scam.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is trying to cover up the scam by not taking action against the accused. He said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Assembly had visited the area to make an on the spot assessment. Singh asked the Government when did it come to know about this scam and why the main accused is yet to be arrested.
K V Singhdeo (BJP) said his party has submitted adjournment motion notice on the scam from the first day, but it is yet to be taken up for discussion.
He requested Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat to allow discussion on the issue on Tuesday.
Replying to a question from Naba Kishore Das, Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya said the State Government has filed cases against three companies for selling iron ore at a price lower than the market rate.
The Minister said the State Government has filed cases against four companies which have shown stock transfer, but have not paid central sales tax (CST). Cases in this regard are pending in the High Court and different tribunals, he said.
Acharya said cases were filed against three mine owners for selling iron ore at lower price than the market rate from 2003 in Joda mining circle of Keonjhar district.
Raising a supplementary, K V Singhdeo said the State Government should announce a base price of iron ore to do away with the anomalies in its price.