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Govt starts process to confiscate properties of illegal miners

Bhubaneswar: The State Government today said it will initiate certificate case and confiscate properties of mining leaseholders who have failed to pay the fine amounting Rs Rs 7,689 crore for excess and illegal mining activities.

Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick said that as 56 mining leaseholders mostly which are non-operational are yet to pay Rs 7,689 crore penalty for illegal mining activities.

“The State Government will initiate proceedings against the defaulting mining leaseholders under the Odisha Public Demands Recovery Act and accordingly their properties will be attached for recovery of the penalty as directed by the Supreme Court if they (errant mining leaseholders) fail to pay fine,” said Mallick.

The Minister said a committee headed by concerned district Collector and Revenue officials will initiate the proceedings and collect the penalties as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court.
Notably, in August 2017, the apex court had directed the State Government to collect 100 per cent penalty from illegal leaseholders on or before December 31, 2017 for excess and illegal mining. Accordingly, the State Government issued notices to 131 mining leaseholders.

However, the State Government managed to collect around Rs 10,000 crore as penalty from defaulting mining firms operating without necessary clearances against a total of Rs 17,576 crore.

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