Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:

With mining leases of about 60 mines in the state set to expire in January next year, Union Secretary of Mines Balvinder Kumar today met Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and urged upon him for early execution of lease deeds of these mines.


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The Union Mines Secretary also held discussions with owners of the concerned mines in this regard. He said unless lease deeds are executed within the stipulated date these will lapse.

“There are about 60 cases in which mining lease deeds are to be executed. On January 11, 2017 all these cases will lapse if lease deeds are not executed. So it is a matter of great concern for the Central government also. We want that lease deeds in all these cases should be executed,” said Kumar briefing reporters after the meeting.

Expediting auction of mines in the state also figured during Kumar’s discussions with the state government officials.