The Odisha government has urged the Union government to allot Khandadhar iron ore mines in favour of Posco India instead of putting them on auction as per the MMDR Act amendment ordinance.
State steel & mines minister Prafulla Mallick on Friday confirmed that the state government has written a letter to the Union mines ministry to reconsider the proposal. “We have asked the Centre to honour commitments on raw material given to the Posco-India,” he said.
Union steel & mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said Posco will have to bid for the Khandadhar iron ore mines for its proposed mega steel plant at Paradip.
Mallik said former PM Manmohan Singh had made a commitment to the South Korean president regarding the implementation of the steel project.
Moreover, PM Narendra Modi has also assured the South Korean government on the Odisha project. “We pointed out at the recent state mines ministers’ meeting convened by the Union mines ministry that a failure to honour commitments made in the past would send wrong signals to international investors,” he said.
By Dilip Bisoi