The Commission submitted its ‘First Report on illegal mining of iron and manganese ores in the State of Jharkhand’ on 14th October, 2013.

Commission’s term ends on October 16, Ministry denies it third extension

The Centre is not extending the tenure of the Justice M.B. Shah Commission, inquiring into illegal mining in seven States. With its tenure ending on October 16, the one-man panel will have to wind up within two weeks, without a thorough probe into irregularities in one of the severely mined States, Chhattisgarh, a source in the Commission informed The Hindu .

The Government of India will not extend the tenure of the Justice M. B. Shah Commission inquiring into illegal mining in seven states.

Even as the Union Mines Ministry is in the process of framing dump policy for the iron ore producing States across the Country, the Goa Mining (Major Mineral) Policy 2013, has decided to allow dump handling outside the mining lease area provided the land can be converted to agricultural use and removal of dumps are in the interest of the environment.

The Union ministry of mines on Thursday washed its hands of the perpetuation of illegal iron ore mining in Goa and informed the Supreme Court that permission for extraction of the mineral was subject to compliance of environment and forest clearances.

"The state mines department allows mining after satisfying that all the clearances/approvals under concerned statutes are obtained by the lessee," the mines department told a bench of Justices A K Patnaik, S S Nijjar and F M I Kaliful

PANJIM: As the mining case is being fast tracked in the Supreme Court, the third and supposedly final report of Justice MB Shah Commission could hit stakeholders where it hurts ~ their financial li

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will resume its hearing of the Goa Mining case on Tuesday, with counsel for the Centrally Empowered Committee (CEC) Adv ADN Rao continuing his submissions and arguments

Irked over slow progress in clearing mineral concession applications in states, the Centre has asked mineral-rich states to clear them "strictly within the time-frame stipulated" in rules.

Wants states to submit quarterly reports to IBM

The Ministry of Mines, in a bid to further step up joint efforts to curb illegal mining, has asked state governments to regularly share information with it on the measures taken by them. Besides, the ministry at its recent meeting with the mineral rich states, also asked them to maintain a database giving details of a slew of actions initiated by them in this regard.

Development comes in the wake of a spurt in illegal mining cases despite a slew of measures by the Centre and the states

Mineral rich states have been asked to expedite formation of empowered panels on the pattern of an inter-ministerial committee at Centre to check the menace of illegal mining.