Informing about it, state steel and mines minister Prafulla Mallik said as many as lease holders of at least 56 mines are yet to pay Rs 7,689 crore as fixed by the Supreme Court on August 2, last year.
According to sources, the state government would initiate action against the erring lease holders under the provisions of Odisha Public Demands Recovery Act. “A committee headed by district collectors and revenue officials will initiate the proceedings to collect the penalties according to the apex court order,” said a steel and mines department officer.
The apex court had asked the state government to recover 100 per cent penalty from the mining lessees as mining operation, in these blocks, was carried out without forest and environment clearances, beyond permitted area and in excess of what had been allowed.
The state government has so far collected Rs 11,621 crore from the lessees as penalty. The amounts which are deposited in the Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC) would be utilized for overall development of the mining affected areas.