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Mining lessees to pay for peripheral development

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, July 28:

The Tribal Advisory Committee of Odisha government chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik has Saturday approved a draft Act under which mining lessees will now have to pay for the development of tribal people in scheduled area. This would be in addition to the royalty they are paying towards ore raising.

Presently, mining lessees are paying royalty under Section 9 of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act-1957. However, under the new regulation, the government will form a Peripheral Developmental Committee (PDC ), which would collect funds from mining lessees. The revenue collected under this head would be used for building hospitals, schools, roads and providing drinking water and sanitation facilities in the peripheral area.