Bhubaneswar: The six-member team of Justice M B Shah Commission constituted to probe into the mining scam in the State reached Odisha today.
Commission team leader U V Singh after arriving at the Biju Patnaik airport said, “We’ll verify documents of respective departments first. If needed we’ll visit the mining sites.”
It is noteworthy to mention that the Commission before its arrival had asked the State Government to arrange the records from departments like Steel and Mines, Forest and Environment, Revenue and Odisha State Pollution Control Board. The State Chief Secretary B K Patnaik has already held meetings with the senior bureaucrats of the concerned departments to get the paper work ready.
“Odisha Government has no hesitation to produce records as sought by the commission. All the departments have been asked to keep their files and records ready for the purpose,” Chief Secretary B K Patnaik had told earlier.
Earlier the Commission had visited the State in December last year. The five member commission during its three day visit had toured to the mines areas in Keonjhar district for an on the spot inquiry about the activities of the mining companies and had heard the public there.
Shah had also accused the bureaucrats of being directly responsible for the unauthorised extraction of ores in Keonjhar and Sundergarh district. He had also expressed his satisfaction on the steps taken by the State Government in curbing illegal mining and export of minerals.
Source: 360 NS