Centre urged for CBI probe into multi-crore mining scam in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Janaadhikar Parishad, a civil society forum
working on mining issues in Odisha on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Union Minister
for Steel and Mines, Labour and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar demanding CBI
Inquiry into irregularities and illegalities of mining operation in the State following
the recommendation of Justice Shah Commission.
A five-member delegation led by Parishad president Bijay
Parida, rights activists Pradip Pradhan, Jyoti Ranjan Mohapatra,  Arun Jena also submitted memorandum to Union Tribal
Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Union Home Minister Rajanath Singh, Union Petroleum
Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urging them to take up the issue with the Prime
The Second Report (three Volumes) of the Commission has been
presented in the on-going session of the parliament which observed that, “Due
to illegal mining and Mining mafia, law has been made helpless because of its
systematic non implementation. It has led many people in this country to
believe that disregard of law pays and that the consequences of such disregard
will never be visited upon them- particularly, if they are men with means and deceitful
skill to pollute and spoil the administration.”
The commission has noted in its report (Vol.I, pp-51) that,
“From the record, it appears that there was no rule of law but what mighty
mining lessees decide with the connivance of the concerned Department.”
The Commission has said in its report (Vol.I, pp113-115),
that “…. This 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 Maffia, persons in political life,
mighty lessees, and some corrupt officials. Since there is involvement of
mighty lessees, big traders of State and outside State, political entities,
officers at higher ranks, it will not be possible by State Police to find the
facts and realities and there would be no justice done for quantum of
illegalities took place. Hence, it is recommended to institute a  August,2014. However, the observation of the
Commission in the First Report can be cited as –CBI inquiry in all the cases
where FIRs were registered by Police, Vigilance Department and other cases in
Mines Department, Police Department, Revenue Department, Forest Department and
others during the period from However, before coming to Delhi to appraise the
central Govt. and all political parties mobilising them to demand for CBI
Inquiry, the Organisation had organised a state Convention in Bhubaneswar on
26.7.14 and chalked out action strategy for mass campaign to generate public
demand to exert pressure on Central Govt. to implement Shah Commission

The organisation has also criticised Congress-led UPA-2 Government
for its ominous silence and gross failure to order for CBI Inquiry into mining
scam, though it tabled the report along with action taken report in Parliament
in February 2014..

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