Bhubaneseswar: The central government appointed Shah Commission probing into illegal mining activities in different parts of the country, on seven-day visit to Odisha from December 7.
Shah Commission likely to scrutinise the status of iron ore and manganese ore mines in the State and also probe into the allegations of scam and violation of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Act, 1957, the Mineral Concessional Rules, 1960 and also violation of forest laws, if any.
According to official sources, the eight-member commission headed by Justice MB Shah would stay in the State till December 13. The commission is likely to scrutinise the status of all 188 iron and manganese ore mines, including the working and suspended ones, and the mining plans of the lessees.
The Commission during its stay would also visit the Koida mines area in Sundargarh and Joda mining areas for two days on December 8 and 9 for on-the-spot inquiry of the alleged violations of the mining Act and the guidelines of Indian Bureau of Mines, the sources said.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik said the State Government was ready to comply with the queries of the Commission during its stay. The Steel and Mines Department has also been directed to remain prepared with all documents relating to any violation of mining rules. The Forest Department has also been instructed to cooperate with the Commission during queries on alleged violation of Forest Act as far as mining is concerned.
Patnaik said the State Government had already submitted all information sought by the Commission relating to mining activities. "If the Commission seeks any further information, we would provide them," Patnaik said.
He also said the Steel and Mines Department would facilitate the field visit of the commission, if needed.