Appeal to simplify process for environmental clearance to minor minerals mines

Undertake maximum prospecting in Madhya Pradesh

Draft rules under PM’s mining areas scheme ready to set up district mining foundations in MP

Mr. Shukla at convention of Mineral Resources Ministers’ conference at Jaipur

shukl28.5.16Bhopal, May 28, 2016 (Muslim Saleem):   Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Mr. Rajendra Shukla has stressed the need to simplify process for environmental clearance to minor minerals mines. He also urged the Central government to undertake maximum prospecting works in Madhya Pradesh through cooperation of Central Government, Mineral Exploration Corporation and Geological Survey of India. Lauding revolutionary steps taken by the Central government in mining sector, Mr. Shukla informed that Madhya Pradesh government has chalked out draft rules under PM’s Mining Areas Scheme to set up District mining foundations in MP. Mr. Shukla was addressing a convention of Mineral Resources Ministers at Jaipur today. It was chaired by Union Minister for Mines and Steel Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar. State’s Secretary Mineral Resources Mr. Shiv Shekhar Shukla and other departmental officers were also present on the occasion. Mr. Shukla said that accounts have been opened in all districts to set up district mining foundations. Directives have also been given to chalk out projects under Prime Minister’s Mining Areas Welfare Scheme. He informed that as per directives of Central government, process has been started to recover amounts contributed to district mining foundations. A sum of Rs. 120.23 crore has been recovered under this head from January 12 to April 30, 2016.

Similar action has been taken for recovery of amounts under National Mineral Exploration Trust. Under it, Rs. 18.64 crore has been recovered.  The Minister said that he is pleased to inform that Madhya Pradesh government has adopted e-auction system for minor minerals. This has not only enhanced transparency, but annual revenue from sand mining has also increased from Rs. 150 crore to Rs. 1500 crore. Now, all minor minerals on government land are being e-auctioned. The Minister said that along with introduction of e-transit passes to curb illegal mining, transportation etc, provisions for legal action have also been made more stringent.

Mr. Shukla said that NIT has been released for e-auction of 4 blocks of major minerals in the state. Of these, 3 limestone blocks are being auctioned for mining lease. Diamond block in Panna district is being auctioned for issuance of composite licence. Total estimated value of mineral wealth to be auctioned is Rs. 2 thousand crore.  Mr. Shukla said that to ensure smooth conduct of mining in state’s mines and prevention of environmental damage, environmental no-objection certificates are being issued through State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority, District Level Expert Appraisal Committees and District Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authorities. During last 2 months, District Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authorities have disposed of 524 out of 1475 cases of environmental no-objection certificate. Besides, these certificates have also been issued to mines of over 5 hectare area.