PANJIM: After initially suggesting the auction of iron ore mining leases, NGO Goa Foundation (GF), on Thursday proposed that the government not auction leases to private players as the mining indus

According to data provided by the 12 state governments to the Centre, only Rs 2,260 crore of the DMF amount was spent till the end of 2017.

Panaji: The Union ministry of mines has invited objections and suggestions for the draft national mineral policy (DNMP).

Says govts should ensure that the full value of extracted minerals is received by the State

The draft National Mineral Policy (NMP), 2018 released by the government proposes long term export policy for the mineral sector as an incentive for investing in large scale commercial mining activity. Government seeks views on the draft National Mineral policy 2018 till Feb 9, 2018.

Porvorim: The cabinet has extended the debt relief scheme till March 31 this year for borrowers affected by the ban on mining.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Illegal Mining, 28/12/2017. Based on the quarterly returns on illegal mining submitted by various State Governments to Indian Bureau of Mines (a subordinate office under the Ministry of
Mines), state-wise details of instances of illegal mining reported for the last three years alongwith the details of action taken against the offenders is given at Annexure.

Tamil Nadu, which has long been delaying setting up the District Mineral Foundation, has finally notified the institution and has framed the rules to govern the body. The DMF would ensure that a part of the royalty received by the Central and State governments is earmarked for developing areas affected by mining activities.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Environmental damage due to illegal mining, 18/12/2017. As informed by Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) (a subordinate office of the Ministry of Mines), the detail of illegal mining reported in various parts of the country and the action taken by State Governments, for the last five years i.e. 2013-14 to 2017-18 (till Quarter ending June 2017) are at Annexure-I.

The Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation Act, 1957 was amended in 2015. Subsequent to the amendment, the Ministry of Mines notified the Mineral Auction Rules, 2015 on 20/05/2015 to prescribe the procedure of the auction process.

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