Cutting short the approval processes for speedy clearance of mining plans so as to increase mineral production by the targeted 30-35% every year, the ministry of mines in close co-ordination with its arm Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) is ensuring that every plan gets cleared within 45 days.
“Following a series of brainstorming sessions with Union Minister, Piyush Goyal, (who apart from his portfolios of power, renewable energy and coal has also been recently entrusted upon an additional charge of the mines ministry), the mines ministry is ensuring that the disposal of mining plan and review of the same should be done within a period of 45 days,” secretary mines, Balvinder Kumar told EnergyInfraPost.com.
This is crucial if the government has to accomplish its stated objected of increasing the share of mining sector in India’s GDP by one percentage point in the next 3-4 years. Presently mining contributes to about 2.5% of the country’s GDP, for which the NDA government has projected a growth of 7.75% for the current fiscal.
On its part, the IBM in a circular dated July 22 has already issued instructions to reduce the time for quick and transparent disposal of mining plans and schemes. IBM, that ensures conservation and rational use of mineral resources, has further instructed that there should be “minimum interface between the lessee/lease holder/person qualified to prepare a mining plan and the regional/sub-regional office.”
The communication of IBM has been sent to all regional controllers of mines (RCOM) in the country.
IBM’s circular also states that the processing fee for a mining plan is to be accepted only via a demand draft till an electronic payment gateway is established.
In order to cut down delays, IBM has further clarified that the soft copy of the mining plan is to be forwarded to the concerned State Governments for their comments giving them 15 days time period.
The soft copy of the mining plan (both text and plates), in a portable document format or PDF, will be emailed to the official mail address of the concerned regional/sub-regional office, followed by hard copies.
“If the RCOM of the concerned region is on leave or on tour, the next higher officer will mark the mining plan for its processing in consultation with the RCOM,” IBM’s circular said.
It further said that the document is not to be kept pending awaiting the joining of the RCOM or the deputy controller of mines.
Under IBM’s directives, the concerned inspecting officer will carry out site inspection and will submit scrutiny comments within a period of 15 days from the date of marking. “This initiative will surely push mining activities in the country in line with the stated objectives of the ministry,” the mines secretary added.
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