SC closes iron ore mines in Jhark­hand

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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.

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