Shah panel to hear 7 mining lessees on CSR tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Justice MB Shah Commission, which is probing alleged irregularities in mining activities in Odisha, will hold hearings tomorrow in Ahmedabad on the plans of mining lessees for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Sundergarh and Keonjhar districts.

Sources said seven lease holders will present their blueprints before the commission on development of education, drinking water facility, road communication and health in the region.

The hearing may be the last chance given by the commission to the mining lessees in Odisha to present their case against alleged violations in the state.

Subsequent to the hearing, the Commission is expected to submit its report during May-June to the Union Mines Ministry, they added.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Secretary, Mines Secretary, Advocate General and Mines Department director are scheduled to attend the hearing.

“We will present the state government’s special programme on the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) fund utilization for the development of peripheral areas of mining zones,” said Deepak Mohanty, Mines director.

Earlier, on March 17, the commission had asked the mining companies to take up development works in Keonjhar and Sundergarh as part of their corporate social responsibility.