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Odisha Mining minister denies charges against Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 5 (ANI): Odisha Mining Minister Rajanikant Singh on Monday evening denied the allegations of a ‘mega mining scam’ leveled by Union Minister Srikant Jena against Odisha Government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Defending the state government and the Chief Minister, Singh said the allegations are not true because the state government is vigilant taking proper action against the guilty operators.

“103 mine owners have been issued notices amounting 67,900 crores rupees. Most probably Tata is a major player, they are availing near about 32,000 crores. All major miners are involved,” said Singh.

He asserted that it is our government who formed the committee (Shah Commission) to investigate into the matter.

Talking to the issue Odisha mining secretary Rajesh Verma said that matter is under investigation and we may not assume the amount at this stage.

Earlier this afternoon, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Srikant Jena, accused Patnaik of perpetrating a multi-crores mining scam in the state.

Jena claimed the scam in Odisha was much bigger than what had taken place in Karnataka and Goa jointly, and demanded that Patnaik accept moral responsibility for it and resign. (ANI)