Bhubaneswar: The eight member Justice M B Shah Commission constituted by the Centre to look into the irregularities in the mining sector in different states along with Odisha will visit Odisha on Wednesday, on a week-long tour.
As per sources they would look into matters like violation of IBM guidelines by mining companies, violation of environment and fores rules as well as unlawfulexcavation by the companies in the name of deemed extension of permits for excavation.
Sources said, the members would visit several mines in Joda and Koida of Keonjhar district on December 8 and December 9 respectively.
The District Collectors of Keonjhar and Sundergarh, the Deputy Directors of the mining department posted at Joda and Koida have been asked to prepare notes and meet all the demands of the commission. The mining department has already prepared a status report on the mining activities of 57 iron ore and manganese out of a total of 126 companies. The department too has prepared an action taken report on the steps initiated by the government to control illegal activities by the mining companies. The State Vigilance Department has already submitted its report on the mining scam in the state.
The State Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said, “Earlier, the State Government has provided all information related to mining to the Shah commission. We are also ready to provide any further information needed by the commission after its visit to the State. The State Government will also facilitate field visits to mines if the Commission so desires.”
The commission had earlier sent a list of 60 questions relating to the mining sector to the State Government. As per the report of the State Government, the commission had asked 25 mine owners to provide a show-cause report.