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Odisha committed for timely mining auction

Bhubaneswar:30/10/19: As the mineral industry is concerned about the lapse of many mining leases on March 31, 2020, Odisha Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick allayed their apprehensions by informing that the State Government is committed to completing mining auctions on time.

“Odisha Government has already started the auction process for mineral blocks. Auction of three iron ore blocks, one manganese block, two chromite blocks, and one graphite block has already been completed. Auction of another 31 mineral blocks is in the pipeline and notification for the same has already been issued,” said Mallick.

“This auction process will be completed in a phased manner. Out of 31 blocks in offer, 27 blocks iron ore mines, 2 graphite, and 2 manganese mines.” He also urged the mineral industry to use the latest technology in the exploration process and ensure the least damage to the environment and ecosystem of the mining area,” he added.

The Minister was addressing India Mining Conclave 2019, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here on Wednesday.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, “Odisha is steel hub and mining is an important industry in the State. In a few months, there is likely a chance that mines can move from one operator to another. The government is trying to ensure that there is no disruption in mineral production.”

Tripathy emphasized on the mining companies following the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet and Profit) for pursuing sustainable development.

Additional Chief Secretary (Steel & Mines), R K Sharma said, “Mines sector contributes 10% to the GSDP of the state. But due to some reason, it came down from the double-digit to single digit. Now it has started picking up and in future, it will contribute significantly to the state economy. Odisha is the most compliant state as compared to others in the mining area. We bounced back so early and are able to increase our production while other states are still fighting with so many issues.”

Regarding the expiry of the Mining lease of several mines on 31st March 2020, R.K. Sharma reiterated that the Odisha government has already started the process for fresh suction of mines with the sole intention of providing an uninterrupted supply of raw material to the Value Addition Industries.

Sharma also said that the state govt is always open to ideas and suggestions within the framework of law from experts and existing players in mining.

Mr Manish Kharbanda, Convenor, Steel and Mines Committee, ICC Odisha State Council in his theme address highlighted three important aspects of mines and mineral industry.

Other dignitaries present at the event are Prabodh Mohanty, Director of SNM Group, Scott Caithness, Director (Exploration) of Vedanta Group, M C Thomas, Chairman of ICC State Odisha Council and J B Pany, Co-Chairman of ICC State Odisha Council.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce is holding the two-day Indian Mining Conclave on 30th and 31st October in partnership with the Government of Odisha to trigger the perspectives of sustainable mining and to suggest the way forward to the Government and other stakeholders.

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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