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Odisha government initiated the process for the recovery penalties from 152 mining companies

Bhubaneswar;4/9/17:Odisha government today initiated the process for the recovery of Rs 17,576 crore penalties from 152 mining companies for illegal extraction of mineral resources.

Earlier the Supreme Court had ordered that the entire price of illegally mined ore from the mineral-rich districts of Odisha be recovered from the leaseholders.

The state government, which has come under clouds of suspicion for allegedly patronising the mining mafias in plundering the precious mineral resources, was spurred to action in the wake of Supreme Court order on August 2 directing the government to revamp the ‘outdated’ mining policy by framing a new one by December 31 to protect the precious natural resources for posterity.

The government agencies today served notices to the accused miners to pay up the penalties or face legal prosecution, according to official sources.

The apex court had ruled that the mining companies that had been operating without necessary clearances in Odisha would be subject to a 100% penalty on the price of the ore that had been illegally extracted.

The lessees in the districts of Keonjhar, Sundergarh and Mayurbhanj in Odisha have rapaciously mined iron ore and manganese ore, apparently destroyed the environment and forests and perhaps caused untold misery to the tribals in the area, the apex court division bench headed by Justice Madan B had observed.

 

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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