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Odisha Govt Shouldn’t Auction Mines, Control All Mines For 10 Times More Revenue: Srikant Jena

11 June 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Former Union Minister Srikant Jena today in an open letter to the Odisha Government has demanded that corrupt mine owners must be debarred from taking part in mines auction bidding and the State Government should own all the mines instead of auctioning them so that the public exchequer earns ten times more.

He has also suggested that only the Odia Industrialists should control the lease process, mining, transporting and export of mineral goods.

The former Union Minister has also demanded that all the rules and regulations relating to auction of mines should be made public as the State Government earns maximum revenue from the source.

In addition, the senior political leader has also demanded that all the tainted mine owners who have been penalized by the Supreme Court’s SIT must be debarred from taking part in mine auction bidding process.  

On the other hand, the State Government should entertain the nearby villagers, Self Help Groups (SHG), registered cooperative societies or companies formed by local unemployed youths for taking part in the mine auction bidding process.

The former Union Minister from Odisha has argued that the owners should not be outsiders when the wealth is ours as they are turning millionaire while the State is reeling under poverty. 

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Srikant Jena, Former Union Minister