"At least 56 mining lease holders are yet to pay Rs 7,689 crore penalty for illegal mining according to the August 2017 directive of the Supreme Court," Mallick said yesterday.
"Proceedings under the Odisha Public Demands Recovery Act will be initiated and their property will be attached for recovery of the penalty if they fail to make payment within the notice period of 60 days," he said.
The minister said that a committee headed by district collectors and revenue officials will initiate the proceedings to collect the penalties as per the guidelines of the Apex court.
The Supreme Court in August 2017 had directed the mining lease holders to pay 100 per cent penalty within December 31, 2017 for excess and illegal mining following which the state government issued notices to 131 mining lease holders.
After completion of December 31, 2017 deadline, the Apex court had directed the Odisha government to collect penalties with 12-per cent interest from the defaulters.
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