Revision Authority to hear mining penalty cases

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 21:31 hrs

The Revision Authority, under the Union Ministry of Mines, will hear tomorrow the cases regarding imposition of penalty by the state government on the miners on charges of excess raising of ore.

The authority has decided to take up 16 cases belonging to 14 miners in Koira mining circle. The names include Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), Aditya Birla group controlled Essel Mining, and Rungta Sons private ltd.

The Odisha government in October had sent notices to 103 miners accused of raising iron ore and manganese in excess of permissible amount and demanded about Rs 66,000 crore fines from them.

While the Joda mining circle issued show cause notices, the Koira mining circle had issued a demand notice to the miners under its jurisdiction.

Miners operating in Joda circle have appealed for more time to reply to the show cause notices. But miners in Koira moved the Revision Authority in November challenging the decision taken by the Deputy Director of Mines (DDM) of the concerned circle.

According to government data, about 55 lease holders in Koira have been issued a penalty notice of Rs 13,188 crore for excavating minerals beyond the permissible limits set by the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM).

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