CURTAIN RAISER FOR MEETING OF MINING MINISTERS

Ministry of Mines

Government of India

CURTAIN RAISER

FOR

MEETING OF MINING MINISTERS

19 Jan, 2018

Goa

 

Meeting of Mining Ministers on key issues pertaining to mining sector on 19 January, 2018 at Goa organized by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India

 

Ministers and officials from 21 major mineral rich States to participate in the meeting and discuss the ways to strengthen the Mining Sector in India

 

Meeting to be chaired by Union Minister of Mines

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

 

  1. A meeting has been convened under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Union Minister of Mines of the Hon’ble Ministers in-charge of Mining Department of 21 major mineral rich States, on 19 January, 2018 at Goa from 10 AM onwards. This would be the 5th such meeting of the Mining Ministers of the States for discussing the issues related to mining sector at the highest level of governance.

 

  1. The meeting would provide an appropriate platform to monitor the progress of auctions in the country. The use of online portal and mobile app- Transparency, Auction Monitoring & Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) launched by the Ministry of Mines, for the purpose of facilitating and monitoring the clearances status of the auctioned mines in order to further the agenda of ‘EASE OF DOING BUSINESS’ and ensuring early operationalization of the auctioned mines will also be discussed in the meeting.

 

  1. The ways to expedite the auction process will also be discussed in the meeting. The Mineral Auction Rules have been amended by the Ministry of Mines vide notification dated 30.11.2017 to make the auction process less cumbersome and thus, expedite the mineral auctions. Several key amendments such as providing more flexibility to the States for conducting auction of annulled blocks, relaxation of end use conditionsfor miners and changes in considering the net worth requirement of the bidders to attract more participants in the auction process have been done.The preparedness of the State Governments to carry out auction of mineral blocks in the changed scenario will be taken up in the meeting to increase the contribution of the mining sector in the GDP of the country.

 

  1. The 1st session will be chaired by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Mines. It is expected that the Ministers from the respective States will brief about their efforts to promote the growth of mining sector in their States.

 

  1. The status of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) to be implemented by the District Mineral Foundation (DMFs) will be discussed in the meeting. The details of the schemes launched by the States and the amount spent under them for the development of mining affected areas and creating a congenial mining environment in the country will also be taken up along with the integration of the IT platform of the States for the PMKKKY with the national portal being developedunder the Mining Tenement System (MTS) by the Ministry of Mines.

 

  1. The plan for auctioning the merchant mining leases expiring in 2020 will be discussed. These mines will have to be auctioned with sufficient time in buffer to ensure a seamless transition from erstwhile lease holders to new lessees so that the production of minerals in not adversely affected. The road map for carrying out exploration as per norms, conducting auction with buffer time for annulments and timely grant of clearances needs to be formulated.

 

  1. The utilization of the Mining Surveillance System (MSS) for major minerals developed by the Ministry of Mines through Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), with the help of Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications & Geo-Informatics (BISAG), Gujarat under MeiTY for monitoring of mining activities to curb the incidences of illegal mining with the use of space technology will be deliberated upon. The use of MSS for curbing illegal mining in minor minerals and the plotting of minor mineral leases to improve the accuracy of the system will also be stressed upon in the meeting.

 

  1. The mandatory implementation of the Star Rating System within two years from the date of notification or from the date of start of mines under the provisions of the MCDR, 2017 for the implementation of the sustainable development framework in the mining sector and facilitation of sustainable and responsible mining will be discussed in the meeting. The evaluation template for Star Rating was notified vide notification dated 23.05.2016. The Star rating system evaluates performance of mines on technical, socio-economic, environmental parameters; final and progressive mine closure and adoption of international standards with the objective to bring standardisation in mining operations and for minimising impacts of mining.

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