Bhubaneswar: In a high level meeting of the 19-member State level task force, under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. B. K Patnaik on Thursday at the State Secretariat, it was decided that an e-transit system will be implemented in the State to put a tab on mining theft.

In was also decided that all the mining companies and lease holders will have to register their firms with the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) by 13th January 2012.

Talking to media persons after the meeting Mr. Patnaik said, the Vizag and Gangavaram ports, who refused to share information about the export of minerals through their port are now cooperating and sharing information with the State Government.

Adding more Mr. Patnaik said, “Issuing of electronic permit system and the establishment of enforcement squad in the district level will help check illegal mining and smuggling of minerals.”

As per sources, so far around 1500 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal mining and transportation of minerals, 349 cases have been charge sheeted and 466 cases have been registered.

The authorities have also seized more than 500 vehicles used in transportation of minerals illegally and seized around three lakh tons iron ore and manganese after conducting raids at various places.