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Odisha Government will auction 16 mines including 10 iron mines by the end of March 2019

Bhubaneswar:4/12/18: The Odisha Government will auction 16 mines including 10 iron mines by the end of March 2019, informed Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick here on Tuesday.

Speaking to media at the Secretariat here, the Minister said, “We have written to the Centre. Once we get the approval from the Centre, we will auction the mines.”

The Minister said that 31 mine owners have failed to deposit penalty as per the order of the Supreme Court. Out of the 31 mine owners, the lease of six mines has been nullified while 25 mine owners granted stay order from the court.

As all these mine owners did not deposit their fine as per the Supreme Court’s order, concerned collectors have been asked to initiate certificate case against to collect the fine amount and the exercise has already begun in this regard,” Mallick said.

Asked about the fate of the six cancelled mines, the Minister said, “As per the normal procedure they will be put into auction once again if there is no legal impediment. However, 16 mines, whose leases have expired, are now ready for putting into auction.”

About Ashok Palit

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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