Report by Rashmi r Parida; Bhubaneswar: In another step towards checking export of minerals extracted through illegal mining Sate Govt has moved ahead for proper coordination among mineral exporting Port Authorities. For the purpose, a high level meeting was held under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik today in secretariat conference hall wherein Secretary Steel & Mines Monoj Ahuja outlined different issues for discussion.
G.J.Rao, Chairman Paradeep Port Trust along with Dr.K.Satyanarayan Rao from Vizag Port and D.Nayak from Haladia Port authorities participated in discussion. It has been decided that the port authorities will maintain a detail account of minerals being exported through their ports. They will keep account of data like which truck has carried how much of cargo from which mine, who is the licensee, the number of truck carrying the mineral etc.
They will share this information with State Govt. authorities fortnightly. They have been advised to send the information online or through any other quick means convenient to them. Sources say Sate Govt agencies on their part will try to ascertain whether such mineral has been extracted through legal means by authorized agencies or not.
Chief Secretary Patnaik has urged upon all Port authorities to work in proper harmony and coordination with Sate Govt in implementation of the Central Act regarding extraction & Export of Minerals along with guide lines issued by Govt of India. Chief Secretary has also advised Govt agencies to take all precautionary measure for avoiding any possible communication gap.