Measures to control mining irregularities

Bhubaneswar: All the mining companies and lease holders have to register their firms with the Indian Bureau of Mines(IBM) mandatorily by January 15 failing which their permissions would no more be liable for renewal. The crucial decision was taken at the meeting of the 19-member state level task force held today at the state secretariat. The meeting also decided to implement the e-pass system in the Joda circle to to put a tab on mining theft.

The task force meeting too decided to prepare digitalised maps of all the 209 mines in the state through the DGPAS system. Also a joint Jharkhand-Odisha inter-state committee would be constituted to control inter-state smuggling of ores and CCTV cameras would be put in place in private railway sidings within a month`s time.

Earlier, in its meeting held on August 23,2011, it was found out that the port authorities of Gangavaram and Kakinada were not cooperating to control mining irregularities and hence transportation of ores were discontinued. It was revealed during the meting that the matter has been sorted out after the intervention of the chief secretary who raised the issue with the Union Cabinet Secretary.

Minutes of the meeting revealed that that the state level enforcement squad registered 123 cases from August to November relating to illegal mining and collected fines to the tune of Rs 1.63 crore. Likewise, the district level task force from August to October registered 206 cases relating to irregularities in the mining sector and collected fines worth Rs. 2.25 crore.