Bhubaneswar: A six-member team of the Justice M B Shah Commission, arrived in the State capital on Wednesday to continue its probe into alleged mining illegalities in the State.
The panel led by Shri U V Singh, Principal Conservator of Forest in Karnataka, will stay in the state until November 11 and shall conduct further investigation into the alleged mining illegalities in the State.
The panel left for field visits to the mining rich Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts soon after reaching Bhubaneswar on Wednesday for two days. The team would then verify the documents relating to mines here from November 3 to 11, sources from State Steel and Mines Department said.
Earlier the Commission panel had visited the State on October 3 and examined files of about 88 mines during their nine-day stay in the capital city of Bhubaneswar and are likely to examine the records of 99 more mines during the current trip.
The panel is specifically keen on checking records of mining leases of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Odisha Minerals Development Company (OMDC) and Tata Steel during the current visit.
An eight-member commission team led by Justice M B Shah had also visited some mine areas in Keonjhar district and had conducted public hearings, to get first hand information about the alleged irregularities during their first visit to the State in December last year.
The Commission, at that time, had said it found evidence of illegalities in the state which would not have been possible without the connivance of bureaucrats.
It is noteworthy to mention that, the Justice M.B. Shah Commission appointed by the central government in November 2010, has been probing into mining scam in several mineral rich states of India.
Source: 360 NS