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Orissa illegal mining file goes missing

The Orissa Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes on Monday when the government announced that a file, containing information on illegal mining, had gone missing from the state secretariat.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2010 23:27 IST
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The Orissa Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes on Monday when the government announced that a file, containing information on illegal mining, had gone missing from the state secretariat.

The file is related to SN Dasmohapatra Mining Company, accused by the state vigilance department of causing a Rs 54-crore loss to the exchequer by illegally mining and exporting about 53,000 tonne of manganese ore from outside its lease area in Keonjhar district. The issue of illegal mining in the state came to light during the budget session of the Assembly last year.

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report of 2007-08 also found that due to large-sale irregularities, the government lost Rs 225.85 crore.

A civil society group, Jan Sammelan, informed the Supreme Court last year that coal, iron and manganese ore worth Rs 7,000 crore were being smuggled out every year. The SC appointed a central empowered panel to probe the scam. The announcement about the theft by the government, already on the back foot over the adverse HC verdict on the Vedanta and Posco land acquisition, prompted the opposition to demand chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s resignation.