the Union Cabinet on Thursday for tabling in Parliament.
“The value of unlawful extraction of iron ore is about Rs 59,203 crore. Till now, wealthy and mighty persons got the leases. They pay meagre royalty and earn windfall profits,” the commission has remarked in its report.
It has suggested that the producing firms should be asked to sell their output through e-auction only. The state government has, meanwhile, accepted that it will cap the production from major iron ore mines including Joda at 40 million tonne and Koira mines at 12 MT annually, a top state government official said.
He cited that the state government has served 146 notices to various companies for indulging in over extraction by flouting the mining plans.
Recommending stiff penalties for miners violating green norms under Forest Conservation Act, the commission suggested that violators be imprisoned for six months which could be extended to seven years. Monetary penalties should be imposed on them as well, it said.
The commission said it was disturbing to find that although most mines are located in the tribal-dominated zones, but the tribals have remained a deprived lot.
Unless the miners operating in those zones are mandated to spend half of their profits, their lot would not be improved.
Till recently, the ministry of corporate affairs was toying with a proposal to give non-transferable shares of the mining companies to the eldest woman member of each family living near the iron ore mines.
The panel had earlier submitted its report on Goa in which it has pointed out illegal mining on a similar scale.
Following the panel’s report, the Goa government has closed down operations in about 60 mines within the state.