Herald: State mining ministers to meet in Goa on Jan 19

State mining ministers to meet in Goa on Jan 19

08 Jan 2018 05:46am IST

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08 Jan 2018 05:46am IST

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To discuss series of issues related to the sector

PANJIM: The ministers for mining from various States will be gathering  in Goa on January 19 to discuss series of issues related to the sector. The State’s preparedness for e-auction of leases that expires in 2020 will be the key issue of discussion. 

Union Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar will chair the fifth national meet of Mining Ministers in Goa. Star-rating for mines, Progress of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) and District Mineral Foundation (DMF), mining surveillance system are some of the other topics of discussion for the day-long meeting. 

The lease period for merchant miners will expire in 2020 as per the provisions of the MMDR amendment. There are total 288 mining leases that will expire in 2020. Goa tops the list with 160 leases, which include 159 non working iron ore leases and one manganese lease. The State’s have been advised to start the auction by July 1, 2019. 

There are 89 mines whose leases will expire in 2027. 

Goa government has informed the Union Mines Ministry that Rs 140 crore funds collected under the DMF will be used towards construction of mining corridors in South Goa, restoration of mining affected areas, welfare projects and widening of roads in both North and South Goa mining talukas. 

The Central government formulated PMKKKY has to be implemented through DMF. “The PMKKKY has mandated 60 percent of the funds to be utilised in a for High Priority Areas, such as drinking water/environment preservation and pollution control / health care/education /skill development /welfare of women, children, aged and disabled people/sanitation and 40% of the funds to be utilised for infrastructure - roads & physical infrastructure/irrigation/watershed development,” the Ministry agenda note reads. 
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