SC closes iron ore mines in Jharkhand
Supreme Court order, the Jharkhand government has closed 12 iron ore mines in West Singhbhum district. The 12 leased mines were operated by Tata Steel, Steel Authority of India Ltd and Orissa Manganese and Minerals Private Ltd. The companies had not renewed their mining licences for the past few years. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has attributed the closure to the mining companies' non-adherence to environmental laws and failure in taking up corporate social responsibilities in the right spirit.
The closure of mines has triggered panic among major steel makers in the area. It has also led to loss of livelihood for hundreds of tribal miners in the district. But Soren has refused to work out a compromise to appeal for restarting the mines.