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Demand For Coal Royalty

 


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has once again raised Odisha Government’s demand to raise the coal royalty and its cess share from coal.

The Chief Minister’s raised these issues when Union Coal & Mines Minister Prahallad Joshi called on him during his two days long visit to the State.
 
Union Secretary Coal, Anil Kumar Jain, Chief Secretary, Asit Tripathy, Chief Minister’s Chief Advisor, R Balakrishnan, Chief Minister’s Secretary V Karthikeya Pandian, ACS Steel & Mines, R K Sharma, Principal Secretary Home Sanjeev Chopra, Secretary Energy, Bishnupada Sethi and others attended the meeting.
 
Mr.Patnaik said that the rates of royalty should be raised and the State Government should get share from the cess collected on Coal by the Central Government.
 
While State Government getting share from royalty, it is deprived of cess being collected from coal.

The Chief Minister also demanded that non- coal bearing areas to be de-notified and in the notified areas comprehensive development should be taken up by MCL.
 
Thousands of acres of land have been notified as coal bearing areas and not being utilized for years together. Quick implementation of the decisions of the RPDAC by the MCL authorities was stressed in the meeting.
 
In RPDAC Meet, lot of promises are being made and later authorities are forgetting to implement those ones, resulting resentment among the land losers, officials said.

 According to officials, the Union Minister agreed to the need for comprehensive development of the Coal mining areas with a joint and concerted effort. The sources said law and order and relief and rehabilitation issues of Coal mining areas were also discussed in the meeting.

 Recently with the intervention of State Police, several coal mines were freed from obstructions.

 Under the direction of DGP BK Sharma, district Police led by  Angul SP Jagan Mohan Meena cleared several obstructed areas and allowed MCL to operate coal mines, which was appreciated by Union Minister Mr.Joshi in the meeting.

 State Minister Steel & Mines Prafulla Kumar Mallik, and senior officials of Union Government and State Government were present during the meeting. 



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