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People’s body to hold convention on Odisha mining scam on July 26

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 22:

The Odisha Janaadhikar Parishad ( OJP) is organising a state-level convention at Lohia Academy in Bhubaneswar at 10 am at Lohia Academy to build up pressure and chalk out an action plan to ensure a CBI probe into the huge mining scam in the state on July 26 in Bhubaneswar, a release issued by the state convenor of OJP Bijay Parida said today.

“ Although the Shah Commission has recommended a CBI inquiry, the Central government has, so far, not acted on it. It requires, therefore, pressure from the public because the Opposition parties in the state have failed miserably to take up the issue and ensure the massive scam reaches its logical conclusion,” the release said.

“Odisha has witnessed the biggest ever mining scam in this country with the loot of iron, manganese, bauxite ores worth thousands of crore rupees. This mining loot has caused heavy losses to the environment and destroyed the social fabric of the state.

“This broad day light robbery was engineered by a coterie comprising politicians, bureaucrats including officials of the Mining department. The Shah Commission, which made a thorough inquiry into the scam and submitted the report in February 2014, had recommended a CBI probe keeping in view magnitude of the loot by different stakeholders in the state and outside,” the release noted.

The release said, “ the Shah Commission in its report ( page 113-115 ) has stated that this ( the mining scam) has caused extensive damage to the Government Exchequer, Environment and Social fabric of the state…. there was large scale illegal mining during 2008, 2009, 2010 and a part of 2011 in the state. During this period there was collapse of Government machinery and looked to be ineffective and helpless in front of mining mafia, persons in political life, mighty lessees, and some corrupt officials…”

The Commission has also mentioned in its report – based on the facts gathered and analysed- that the situation highlights a complete disregard and contempt for law and lawful authorities on the part of many among the emerging breed of entrepreneurs who have taken undue advantage of the country’s natural renewable assets/ resources for export earnings. Pursuit of super profit has absolutely drained them of any feeling for fellow human beings for national and moral values, the release observed.

Those interested in taking part in the convention have been asked to get in touch with the state convenor of Odisha Janaadhikar Parishad Bijay Parida (mobile 9437628345) at the earliest.