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Settle Minor Mineral Leases

The State Government has asked the District Collectors to take steps to expedite the progress in settlement and operation of minor mineral sources.

Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi has written letters to District Collectors in this regard.
The matter also figured in the discussion through recent video conference (VC) with ADMs, Tahasildars and Additional Tahasildars. 
 “As you are aware, making sufficient availability of minor minerals from legally operational sources is the need of the time since it has the multiple benefit of increasing state revenue, providing material support to development projects, reducing the possibility of theft and illegal lifting etc,” said Mr.Sethi.
During last financial year, more than two thousand new minor minerals sources have been identified in the state and those have been placed in the District Survey Reports.
State Government had set the target of bringing all these sources to the bidding process by 31 March 2020 after completion of required procedural formalities.
But the progress, even till 31 May has been quite unsatisfactory as  the Tahasildars’ input available in DWIST portal reveals that out of 4850 sources only 2210 have been made operational, said the Principal Secretary.
“Thus, with more that 54 Percent of sources remaining non-operational, we are far behind the target”, he said.
Progress may be reviewed regularly and bottlenecks, if any in the process in works like preparation and approval of mining plan, submission of application and grant of EC etc. may be removed, advised the Principal Secretary.
He further advised that the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) looking after the minor mineral matter may be asked to monitor the progress almost on daily basis coordinating with all the stakeholders.
On field tour, District Collector and other senior officers like ADMs and Sub-Collectors should review the matter at Tahasil level, he instructed.
The Departmental and Directorate of Minor Minerals are monitoring clearance of proposals for grant of EC, Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate, approval of mining plan etc.
Where any difficulty is faced in these matters it may be reported to Department of Revenue and Disaster Management and Directorate of Minor Minerals for necessary intervention.
It has come to notice of the State Government about the allegations regarding deliberate reduction of Minimum Guaranteed Quantity (MGQ) in mining plan so as to favor the bidders which adversely affects the prospect of Government revenue. Without leaving it to the whim of the RQPs, the Tahasildars should properly analyze the mineral potential of the source to decide MGQ.
Daily progress with regard to mining plan preparation, approval, submission of application and grant of EC etc should be reported in the DWIST portal by the Tahasildars, advised Principal Secretary Mr.Sethi


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