Mother of all mining scams in Odisha: Rs 3,00,000Cr

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    Yet another mining scam breaks out in Odisha. This again involves Iron Ore Mining. This seems to be the most lucrative mineral in India.

    Mother of all mining scams in Odisha: Rs 30,00,00,00,00,000

     
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    I thought that guy Naveen Patnaik had clean hands !
     
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    I still believe that he has clean hands but he is useless as an administrator who relies only on IAS officers to run the state. He is being taken for a ride by the babu/neta nexus.
     
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    Mother of all mining scams in Odisha: Rs 30,00,00,00,00,000

    Mother of all mining scams in Odisha: Rs 30,00,00,00,00,000


    This could be the mother of all mining scams, and this time it’s in Odisha, a State which accounts for over 30 percent of India’s iron ore deposits.

    A CNN-IBN investigation has exposed a mining scam estimated at Rs 3 lakh crore, a scale that dwarfs the Bellary mining scam in Karnataka and the Goa mining scam exposed by Firstpost recently.

    The investigation by Jajati Karan has established that illegal mining flourishes in Odisha’s Keonhjar distric. Five companies have been charge-sheeted for illegal mining by the Odisha government’s vigilance department. Illegal mining operations in three companies – Serajuddin Mines, Rungta Mines and Indrani Patnaik Mines – were caught on camera by the CNN-IBN team. (Watch the video here)

    The Odisha mining scam is estimated at Rs 3 lakh crore.
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    These were among the 243 mines where work had been suspended after an uproar in the Odisha Assembly in 2009.

    Yet, today, the illegal mining continues.

    At Balda, at the Serajuddin mines, truckloads of iron ore could be seen emerging from the main gates, all of it mined illegally. Even at night, the CNN-IBN team found trucks leaving loaded with the illegally mined iron ore.

    At Unchabali, the CNN-IBN team trekked past pillars marking the Indrani Patnaik Mines to the top of a hill where it caught images of illegal mining at a grand scale.

    At Jajang, at the Rungta Mines, the team sneaked a camera in for a few minutes to uncover even more illegal mining.

    According to the State Vigilance chargesheet, the illegal iron ore mining at these three mines alone has caused the loss of a staggering Rs 2,352 crore to the state exchequer.

    Anup Patnaik, Director, Vigilance, says: “Show cause notices have been served on the owners of all the mines that we are investigating. We have also seized their materials, and told them that mining cannot continue till our case is over.”

    Independent estimates have valued the illegally mined iron ore at Rs 3 lakh crore. Each tonne of iron ore fetches the mining company nearly Rs 8,000, while the State government gets a measly royalty of Rs 78 per tonne.

    The Mines Department of the Odisha government, however, defends the charge-sheeted mine owners.

    Says Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, Steel and mines: “The royalty has been paid for, so it’s not illegal in that sense. There are no accounts that somebody has done illegal mining.” At worst, it is a violation of a technical norm, he adds.

    Last year, the Indian Bureau of Mines issued a show-cause notice to these mines, but took no further action. Till date, 13 minor officials have been arrested, but none of the senior functionaries have been touched.

    In April this year, the Odisha High Court finished its hearing over the demand for a CBI inquiry into the mining scam, but reserved its orders. Activists believe that only an independent and impartial inquiry can reveal the extent of the alleged nexus between mine owners, politicians and bureaucrats

    RTI activist Biswajit Mohanty, who has filed a PIL calling for a CBI inquiry into the illegal mining in Odisha, points out that the mining scam was exposed accidentally in 2009, when a ruling BJD MLA asked an innocuous question to the Assembly. The reply exposed the mining scam.

    The government was then forced to order an inquiry, and the vigilance department conducted an enquiry. But Mohanty argues that the theVigilance Department is ill-equipped and incompetent to investigate a scam of this magnitude.

    “It doesn’t have jurisdiction, it cannot investigate beyond the State’s border”, which he says is critical because even the Central Ministry is involved.”They have to be investigated, and it cannot be done by the Vigilance Department.” In addition, he points out, the case has international ramifications because the ore has been exported to other countries, principally China.

    “All of us have challenged this enquiry order on the simple ground that it lacks jurisdiction, it lacks competence, it lacks adequate manpower and infrastructure,” Mohanty adds. “We believe it is a cover-up by the State government to protect the miners and allow illegal mining to continue.”

    The scam also highlights the issue of “intergenerational equity” which the Supreme Court has highlighted in an earlier vedict, Mohanty noted.

    “The State and the Centre have to decide how much of mining can be permitted within, say, 25 years or 50 years or 100 years… At the rate at which leases have been given, we don’t expect resources to last beyond 25 years. This kind of a policy cannot be permitted,” reasons Mohanty..


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    This country needs civil wars to cleanse its system and character.
     
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    Rs 30,00,00,00,00,000 :frusty: :tsk: :shocked: :rolleyes:
     
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    Says Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, Steel and mines: “The royalty has been paid for, so it’s not illegal in that sense. There are no accounts that somebody has done illegal mining.” At worst, it is a violation of a technical norm, he adds."

    Really?? sarkari babu - you have outgrown your own professional shamelessness (look how openly they say we will loot lakhs of crores and do what ever you can)....We will never get to know how much Babus like these have looted our country, these babus who go unpunished are the real culprits; we need to investigate the muti billion business of bureaucracy in India this Ahuja guy must have made billions and we should also investigate what their children are doing, majority of them have one child in US or Europe to manage their stash of black money they have hotels, hospitals, malls etc abroad!!
     
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    it took lot of time to count those zeros........................................................... man power corrupt.
     
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    I can see justifications of Naxals to wage war against the various governments.
     
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    The mining mafia traffic in large amounts of coal and minerals from almost all states of India, the same continues in bellary as well to this day.i recall conversations with friends who are mine managers and asst mine managers with NMDC and Indian coal regarding the pathetic state of affairs wherein they were simply told by the local police and their bosses to look the other way or in extreme cases go to sleep when on night shift. Simply put they were told that nobody would be able to protect them from consequences.
     
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    Actually you will find that these Naxals are supported by these mine mafias so they can exploit the illegal mines unhindered.
     
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    And the politicians, where do they fit in?
     
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    Politicians get their own cut. There is a big stinking network among politicians, naxals and illegal mine barons to let illegal mining go on unhindered.
     
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    This is just the beginning, now Coal Blocks have also been given to Pricate Companies and reports from Chattisgarh also indicate that in some of the mines, coal has been excavated much more than what was required as a Captive Block.
     
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    And the good people of India,whose natural inheritance is so openly and brazenly being plundered right under their gaze,are still debating if we ought to have a Lokpal.Suffice to say at this rate,if so ever the Lokpal sees the light of the day,we may have nothing left to 'Pal' over.
     
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    I have notoced it in Jharkhand as well. Few companies were alloted captive coal and Iron mines for new factories they were setting up. While factories were being setup they started selling coal and Iron ores to chinese companies to make some quick bucks. they filled mouth of all Local leaders with money and this scheme is still going on.
     
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    Are you fvcking shitting me?????
     
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    God... the ones unearthed shocks.. the ones dont will shatter...

    What has the country become..we are lagging because only of us..

    What a waste of revenue in a country so rich in wealth...
     
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    I told you peple what I noticed and thats true. many locals protected and many trucks were stopped from time to time but when you haave all netas and policemen in your pocket no one can do anything to you. Even news paperwalas are in their pocket. :(
     
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    I always wondered why Orissa which is full of natural resources and vibrant community still lag behind all the other states. I have got my answer now. Socialism is the biggest keeda that we need to kill. BJD should not be trusted neither should Naveen Patnaik.
     

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