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Mining activities at BSLC to resume after intervention by Steel Ministry

New Delhi: After intervention by Minister of Steel & Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the mining activities at  BISRA Stone Lime Company Ltd (BSLC), a limestone mining company, are set to resume soon. This will ensure workers and vendors are not affected whilst proposing relevant measures for ensuring ceaseless operations in future.

The decision was taken in a  meeting chaired by the Shri Pradhan today.Minister of State for Steel, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Shri Jual Oram, ex-Union Cabinet Minister and MP, Sundergarh, Shri Shankar Oram, MLA, Biramitrapur, senior officials of Ministry and Steel PSUs were present in this meeting organised to facilitate resumption of operations at BSLC.

BSLC, a subsidiary of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.,has been mining and marketing limestone and dolomite in Sundargarh district of Odisha since 1910.BSLC had to cease operations since last few days due to a cash crunch.The matter was brought to the notice of Member of Parliament and former Union Cabinet Minister Shri Jual Oram and MLA, Biramitrapur Shri Shankar Oram by the affected workers at BSLC. Thereafter the issue was expeditiously taken up at the apex level by Minister.

In today’s meeting, it has been agreed that the operational issues shall be sorted out soon. SAIL and RINL have agreed to provide trade advance and assured purchase of dolomite from BSLC. A long term strategy shall soon be worked out. Operations shall resume this week itself.

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