Shah panel asks mine lease holders for blue print on CSR

Bhubaneswar: The Justice M B Shah Commission, which is probing illegal mining across the country, on Saturday asked miine lease holders operating in Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts to prepare a blueprint on corporate social responsibility (CSR) for overall development in the two districts.

"Let there be development in Odisha's mine areas. The lease holders need to come out with a detailed plan”, said Justice M B Shah, chairman of the commission.

On Rule-37 violation, Shah said, “There were discussions on the matter. But I cannot disclose anything at the moment since the hearing is not yet completed.”

Mines director Deepak Mohanty said, "In that blue print mine lease holders will say what kind of development plans they are having for both these districts. A detail hearing will be done on April 13.”

Meanwhile, the commission's hearing on violation of Rule-37 of Mineral Concession Rules (MCR)-1960 remained incomplete. Mohanty said, "Today's hearing was incomplete. On April 3, the Shah commission will hear views of the Odisha government and some lease holders on Rule-37 violation of MCR."

The Rule-37 of Mineral Concession Rules debars any lease holder to assign, sub-let, mortgage or in any other manner transfer the mining lease or any right, title or interest  without previous written consent of the state government.