New Mining Policy Soon

As the Union Government is working out a fresh Policy Framework for Mining Sector, various State Governments including Odisha have urged the Centre to look to the welfare of the affected people due to mining and for simplification of the present auction procedure to make it easier to facilitate larger participation.

Ministry of Mines after forming a Committee headed by Additional Secretary Mines, K Rajeswara Rao to review National Mineral Policy-2008 and come up with an improved, implementable and practical Policy for Mineral Sector has taken up discussion with various stake holders including the State Governments.
Various State Governments favored for simplification of procedure for auction, which is cumbersome and not easy to understand and it has to be more flexible to accommodate larger participation.
And the proposed Policy should also consider the interests of small and medium prospective miners for obtaining mineral concessions, who cannot take part in auction for want of large finances.
While Centre is formulating new NMP, State Governments are needed to facilitated for better coordination and simplification of regulations in Mining Sector, pointed out various State Government.
Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Karanataka and Rajasthan participated in a big way during the recent brain storming over revisit of NMP-2008 taken up by Rao Committee.
N B Dhal, Special Resident Commissioner of Odisha pointed out that while drafting a new Policy, Centre should consider the welfare of people affected by the Mining.
Mr.Dhal, who was till recently in Ministry of Mines, pointed out that Revision of Royalty should be undertaken by the Union Government periodically without any delay.
In fact, Odisha Government, being a mineral rich state is losing heavily due to delay in announcement of Royalty by Union Government, for which Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has repeatedly brought to the notice of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.
The Chief Minister had requested the Centre to revise the coal royalty without further delay and share at least 60 per cent of the Clean Environment Cess with coal-bearing States.

Chief Minister had pointed out that the rate of royalty for coal, fixed at 14 per cent ad valorem, had not been revised for more than five years even though the Ministry of Coal has constituted a study group to consider revision of rates of royalty on coal on July 21, 2014.
It was pointed out that the past Mineral Policy had not yielded desired level of exploration and development of minerals and speciafically NMP-2008 has failed to work the results as there was mismatch between the Policy and Statue.
State Governments pointed out that mapping of demand and supply of major minerals should be done, based on which a Plan for timely exploration should be prepared in order to meet national demand.
They also said that strengthening the Department of Steel and Mines at State level is needed and infusion of technology and techniques are to be there.

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