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Probe panel finds Coal India subsidiary responsible of unlawful mining in Assam

North Japanese Coalfields extracted coal value ₹4,872 crore with out acquiring mining rights, the Justice B.P. Katakey panel report mentioned.

A subsidiary of Coal India Restricted extracted coal value ₹4,872.13 crore in jap Assam with out acquiring mining rights, the report of a probe panel constituted by the State authorities has revealed.

The complete quantity must be recovered from the North Japanese Coalfields (NEC), the one-man fee of Justice Brojendra Prasad Katakey beneficial to the Assam authorities. The restoration quantity was calculated on the idea of NEC’s earnings from the “illegal mines” between 2003 and 2021, when it ceased operations.

The panel was arrange after the State authorities had in July 2020 ordered an inquiry into allegations of unlawful mining in Tinsukia district’s Digboi Forest Division, which falls inside the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve.

The 2-volume report of the panel, operating into greater than 500 pages, was ready in April 2021 however tabled within the Assam Meeting in December that yr.

The fee discovered that NEC extracted coal regardless of the non-renewal of a number of mining leases within the Digboi Forest Division that expired in 2003. The Assam authorities had in 2019 prolonged the interval of the lease for 10 years from 2003 and a deed to this impact was executed in January 2021.

However the Mineral Concession Guidelines, 1960, framed underneath Mines and Minerals (Improvement and Regulation) Act, 1957, didn’t enable such retrospective renewal of lease, the report famous. This implied that the NEC didn’t have any lease in respect of the mines within the forest division “from 2003 to the present”, it mentioned.

The corporate’s mining exercise in these areas was thus unlawful, the report mentioned.

The fee famous that the Assam Forest Division had in 2020 imposed a penalty of ₹43.2 crore on the NEC for illegally mining 98.59 hectares of forest land. However this motion got here after years of indifference by the native authorities, it mentioned.

The Forest Division, conscious that NEC had flouted the principles, had allowed the 98.59 hectares to be diverted for the Tikok Open Forged Mission.

In August 2012, the chief basic supervisor of NEC had submitted a proposal for the conversion of this patch for non-forest use as the corporate had already damaged (exploited) 57.2 hectares of this land by then.

This constituted a violation underneath the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, the panel famous. However the Assam authorities beneficial approval of this proposal, which the Atmosphere Ministry consented to.

“The violation of the provisions of the 1980 Act is writ large on the said stage-I clearance granted by the government of India,” the report mentioned.

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