JSW flouts MCR; Govt suffers Rs 1,155-cr loss

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JSW flouts MCR; Govt suffers Rs 1,155-cr loss

Monday, 28 September 2020 | BIJAY MISHRA | BHUBANESWAR

The State Government incurred a loss of about Rs 1,154.68 crore for violation of the Mineral Concession Rules (MCR) the JSW Limited, which bagged four iron ore mines with high premium in the recent auction.

The JSW has violated Rule 12A(1) of MCR, 2016 read with Schedule D of MDPA in ensuring minimum 80% dispatch of the average of the annual production of two immediately preceding years on pro-rata basis from the auctioned mines.

Till September 2021, the JSW failed to dispatch 30, 84,090.91 MT iron ore as per agreement for which the Government lost huge amount of revenue.The Mines Director slapped show cause notice to the JSW on Friday for violation of the MCR rule. The Director earlier had written to the JSW to take steps to ensure strict adherence to the above mentioned provision and maintain the prescribed production and dispatch; otherwise it would be liable for action in accordance with the rules.

However, the JSW continued violating rules without any corrective measures.In its show-cause notice, the Director Mines mentioned that, in Narayanposh iron ore mine, the JSW has dispatched only 2,45,829.58 MT iron ore which is 4,81,853 MT iron ore and 388. 47MT Manganese ore short of the prescribed target of dispatch and, thus, JSW violated Rule 12A(1) of MCR read with Para 8.1and schedule "D" of the MDPA. In Ganua block, the JSW has dispatched only 34,683.17 MT which is 78,419 .83 MTs short of the prescribed target of dispatch. In case of Nuagaon block , the company dispatched only 2,56,718.98 MT which is 7,53,081 .02 MT short of the prescribed target of dispatch In Jajang block, it dispatched 3,07,173.48 MT which is 17,70,736 .08 MT short of the prescribed target of dispatch.

Thus till September 21, the JSW Ltd’ total dispatch shortfall was 30, 84,090.91 MT. Calculating at conservative prices 62-65%Fe grade iron ore at Rs 3,286 per tonne for lumps.

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