State ministerial panel submits report on ore supply to CM

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government's inter-ministerial committee that has been set up to formulate a long-term linkage policy for supply of ore to local industries on Thursday submitted its report to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The committee headed by state Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya with Industries Minister Niranjan Pujari and Steel and Mines Minister R K Singh as members, met industry bodies, miners and other stakeholders before preparing the report.
"We have prepared the report to ensure supply of ore to state-based industries on a long-term basis," said Acharya after handing over the report to the chief minister.
Acharya said, the report will be placed before the cabinet and then the government has to take a view on the suggestions made by the committee.
The suggestions included strengthening of the state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation, an official said, adding that this would help in supply of minerals to ailing industries to overcome from ore shortage.
The state government has set up the committee last year after a number of local mineral units complained that they faced acute shortage of ore while miners sell away the minerals to industries outside the state.
Vedanta's 1 mtpa alumina refinery remained closed for about seven months as it faced scarcity of raw material.
The committee also took the views of Vedanta before preparing its report, the sources said.