Deed not done: A Coal India mine in Dhanbad
Ranchi, Sept. 20: A Coal India subsidiary has been sitting on a deed to formalise land transfer for one of its functioning mines in Deoghar for three years, denying Jharkhand stamp duty revenues, a government review has revealed.
At the review of the revenue and land reforms department, chaired by chief secretary R.S. Sharma today, it was found that Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) was yet to sign “a deed of conveyance” with the state government for Chitra coalfields where mining has been going on for quite some time now.
Such a deed is necessary to enable the government to transfer land for the purpose of any industrial activity, including mining. It also ensures that the state gets due royalty by way of stamp duty.
“The government is analysing the matter of Chitra colliery in which a deed of conveyance is yet to be inked between the ECL and the state. Today, the chief secretary directed us to proceed as per law,” state revenue & land reforms department special secretary A.K. Rastogi told The Telegraph.
The state government set aside 900 acre for ECL three years back. While ECL has been demanding that the land be leased to it, the state wants the PSU to sign a conveyance deed.
Government sources maintained that if a deed of conveyance was signed the state would earn anything between Rs 4 crore and Rs 5 crore. But, a lease meant the state would lose out on stamp duty.
Sources maintained that a similar deed was pending with Bokaro Steel Limited that has over 30,000 acres in its possession in the steel town.
Chief minister raised the issue of pending dues of PSUs operating in Jharkhand as recently as on September 13 when Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh was in town.
Hemant requested Ramesh to initiate talks with the Centre so that Rs 10,000 crore that Coal India owed the state in land rent for decades was cleared at the earliest.
Soren, who met Ramesh along with Coal India chairman S. Narsing Rao at his project building office, said that the PSU was using 24,000 acre government land for mining, but had not paid a single paise to the state.