Minor Mineral Policy In Offing

In another step towards sustainable and more disciplined supply of minor minerals for public, private and industrial use, State Government has initiated steps for formulating a more progressive policy with best practices from different States.

This was discussed at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Saturday wherein the study teams that recently visited different States presented their reports.

Considering the reports, the Chief Secretary directed the Additional Chief Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra to work out a definite policy proposal customizing the best practices in Odisha context.

Mr.Tripathy later told reporters that a separate Directorate has been set up for regulation of minor minerals like sand, moram, cheap etc.

Presently, these sairat sources are being managed and monitored by the respective Tahasildars under the direct supervision of district administration, he said adding, study teams were sent to four different states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Telengana and Karnataka to have a field level knowledge of the practices adopted in those States.

“The study teams presented their reports today. These will be further analysed and customized in Odisha context. These inputs will be helpful in formulation of a more dynamic and need based policy,” the Chief Secretary said.

According to officials, discussions in the meeting revealed that the team led by Special Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management RN Palei and Additional Secretary Avaya Nayak visited Punjab and Rajasthan from December 16 to 21 while a team led by Special Secretary Shashadhar Nayak visited Telengana and Karnataka from 18-22 December, 2019.

The teams collected detail practices about demand supply management, auction process excavation, supply chain, price capping, end use etc. prevalent in those States, the officials said.
He added, “These would be scrutinized in the perspective of the minor minerals available in Odisha.”

Additional Chief Secretary Steel & Mines Raj Kumar Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue and Agriculture Production Commissioner PK Mohapatra along with members of the Study Team and senior officers of Revenue & Disaster Management department participated in the deliberations. 

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