Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 21:
The Odisha government will hold a high level meeting on July 28 to decide on the issue of auctioning mines in the state, besides finalising the modalities for the auction process in accordance with the provisions of the amended MMDR Act, official sources said here today.
The state government has issued a gazette notification on who will be the members of the high level committee. While development commissioner has been named as the chairman of the committee, the secretaries of the Mines and Industries departments are among its seven members.
The first meeting on the auction of mines will be held on July 28. The meeting will be attended by the chief secretary and members of the high level committee.
Among the tasks given to the high level committee are supervision of the process of auction of mines, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) survey, preparation of tender documents and advising the government on reserving mines for public sector undertakings during the leasing out of mines as well as in granting of prospecting license (PL), official sources revealed.
The committee will also advise the government on the sectors that need to be given priority during reservation or auction of mines.
In the initial phase, the high level committee has identified 16 areas in the districts of Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Malkangiri, including the Khandadhar mines in Sundargarh district, for auction, reliable sources said.
Sources said the meeting will deliberate on nine areas with iron ore, five areas with manganese and two areas with lime stone deposits.
DGPS survey is also being conducted for the purpose, sources added.