The Odisha government has ordered an inquiry into the cases of underreporting of high grade iron ore and constituted a committee to look into the matter.
The Odisha government on Tuesday said it has ordered an inquiry into the cases of underreporting of high grade iron ore and constituted a committee headed by Director of Mines G Rajesh to look into the matter. Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi, in a letter to Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi on January 18, highlighted how Odisha noted under-reporting of grades by some lease holders, particularly of auctioned mines. Went.
An official said a representative of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) is part of the panel headed by the Director of Mines to probe the matter. On the other hand, Prahlad Joshi said that all the mining states have been asked to investigate the matter. He said that a more detailed report on this issue would be sought from Odisha.
Addressing a press conference here, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi said the passing off of high-grade ore as low-grade is part of a bigger scam, as it would mean that mining companies are not paying export duty and the district Mineral Foundation (DMF) is contributing less to the fund.
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Odisha government orders probe into underreporting of high grade iron ore
Story first published: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 18:34 [IST]