Supreme Court hints at Goa shadow over mining in Odisha

Apr 29 2014, 01:07 IST
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Odisha contributed around 62 mt of iron ore to the country’s overall production of 140 mt during FY13. Reuters Odisha contributed around 62 mt of iron ore to the country’s overall production of 140 mt during FY13. Reuters
SummaryOdisha contributed around 62 mt of iron ore to the country’s overall production of 140 mt during FY13.

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Earlier, acting on the recommendations of the Shah panel report, the central government had said that rather than banning production of ore or cancelling mining leases, a more prudent approach would be to look into the alleged violations pertaining to every case. According to the government, the Odisha government has said that necessary measures had already been taken against illegal mining in the Joda circle. Similarly, the railways said it would take action in cases where it transported ore in excess of the limit eligible for lower freight and other duties.

To avert a crisis situation as occurred in the other two major iron ore producing states · Karnataka and Goa, which had to face a ban on production · the central government has agreed with the recommendations of the Shah panel to amend rule 24(1) of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960, to provide that applications for the renewal of a mining lease shall be made to the state government at least 24 months before the expiry of the lease, contrary to the six-month period at present.

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