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Odisha miners yet to pay 76% of fine - 2 days to go

Mining News - Published on Fri, 29 Dec 2017

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Odisha TV reported that with only 2 days left to the December 31 deadline set by the Supreme Court for 100% penalty on illegal mining, leaseholders have only paid a fraction of the amount that the Odisha government had sought through demand notices to errant miners. According to sources, the State government has received only INR 4,000 crore out of the INR 17,000 crore that it had asked 152 mining leaseholders to pay. While leaseholders of 106 inoperative mines have expressed their inability to pay the penalty, the government expects to collect over INR 8,000-10,000 crore from the rest 46 leaseholders. Government sources said that proper assessment of the amount collected could only be made after the deadline ends.

Mines minister, Prafulla Mallick, said “I expect that we will be able to collect all targeted penalty by the deadline. Subsequently, we will take legal steps against defaulters.”

Commenting on the 106 inoperative mines who have expressed inability to pay the penalty, general secretary of the Eastern Zone Mining Association (EZMA), Prabodh Mohanty said, “As they don’t have the ability to pay the fines they could approach the court and seek more time.”

The INR 17,576 crore in compensation was calculated by the CEC for excess mining. Its report said illegally extraction was of 215.5 million tonnes of iron and manganese ore between 2000-01 and 2010-11. State-owned Odisha Mining Corporation is saddled with the biggest penalty amount of INR 2,178 crore. Others with steep penalty burdens include Sharda Mines (INR 1,983.9 crore), Essel Mining (INR 1,102 crore), Mesco Steel (INR 924.7 crore), Orissa Minerals Development Corporation (INR 642 crore) and Tata Steel (INR 614 crore).

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 29 Dec 2017
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