Under the pressure of presenting Action Taken Report (ATR) on the MB Shah report after missing two deadlines, Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday directed officials of State Mining Departments to dispose applications pending for lease renewal by July 31 for sure. A high-level inter-disciplinary committee headed by the Development Commission is looking into the lease renewal for host of mining companies in the State, particularly located in West Singhbhum district.
After holding a review meeting, the Chief Minister put the subject as priority for the Government. "Attaching local youths to employment is the priority of the Government. An inter-disciplinary committee headed by the Development Commissioner is looking into the applications for extending the mining lease up to March 31, 2020. The committee should submit its recommendations on 21 iron ore lease holders who were issued show cause notices for certain violations. Keeping in mind the clarifications, the applications should be disposed of by July 31," said the CM.