Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertlizers, Srikant Jena
Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertlizers, Srikant Jena
Bhubaneswar: In the view of the mining scam in the State, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertlizers, Srikant Jena on Tuesday urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to give exclusive rights to the state owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) over the mines and asked him to disallow the renewals and outright cancellation of the mining leases given to the private companies.

Alleging a scam of Rs 4 lakh crore in the State, Jena pointed out that 83 out of the 107 mines in the State are operating under deemed license. Nearly 50 crore tonnes of iron ore was extracted during 2003-04 and hence the private mine owners have looted Rs 2 lakh crore since then till now.

Nearly 41.47 lakh tonnes of Chromite have been extracted as per the report of Economic Survey of Odisha 2011-2012 and the private mine owners have made an annual profit of minimum Rs.5000 crore, Jena added.

“The OMC, should be given exclusive mining rights over Iron Ore, Manganese, Bauxite and Chromite and sell them at the prevailing market price. Such a step would help to stop the plundering of the valuable mineral resources by the private mine owners”, Jena said in a letter to Patnaik.

The State would have got non tax revenue of Rs 30,000 crore per annum had the genuine sale of iron ore taken place through the state owned OMC and the money could have been used to alleviate the acute poverty, hunger, unemployment and the backwardness in the State, Jena added.

Source: 360 NS