Kerala Scientific Mining Policy, 2015: draft

The draft policy on scientific mining released by the State Planning Board proposes to encourage geomapping of mineral resources in the state and minimising of environmental damage. The new Scientific Mining Policy describes itself as a three legged stool. “Leg one is uninterrupted supply of extracted natural materials like mineral, rock and value added products - the essential inputs in mineral based industries and in keeping and making modern infra-structure. The second leg is minimising the environmental damage, while the third one is minimising the social impact of M and Q operations. The policy also aims at stimulating a 5 per cent in Gross State Domestic Product on account of mining activity by augmenting investments in the sector through private participation.