The Justice M.B.Shah Commission constituted for investigating into the illegal mining, which has completed its investigation in Odisha recently, has submitted its report to the Union Mines Ministry today. According to some sources the commission has submitted the part-I of the final report consisting of 1500 pages. The probe panel will submit part-II of the report in a later date.
Though the content of the report has not been known yet, as per some sources the panel has found some indications on illegal mining in the state and has included the same in its report.
MB Shah Commision Report
The union mines ministry has constituted the Shah panel headed by Justice M.B.Shah on November 2010 for carrying out investigation into the multimillion-dollar illegal mining cases in several mineral-bearing states including Odisha. Initially the tenure of the commission was to expire on July 2012, but later it had been extended till 16th July 2013. The commission has visited Odisha several times for investigation on the illegal mining cases.
The secretary of the Shah Commission has submitted the 1500 page first report on the illegal mining at the office of secretary of the Mines Ministry.The huge report remained in sealed cover as the union mines secretary R H Khawaja was on leave that day. Sources said that after returning from leave the Secretary has gone into details of the sensitive report on Odisha Multi Crore Mining Scam. There are several chapters, which also includes forest and environment violations, mining rule violations, illegal mining in outside the areas.However, the report will be officially public after it was placed in the Parliament. Meanwhile, after going through the report, the Secretary of the Ministry of Mines could give certain instructions to the state government, feel officials.
Previously on basis on Shah commission’s report, the Supreme Court had banned mining activities in Karnataka and Goa.