The environment ministry has suggested to the mines ministry that the latter should place the limits on production of minerals such as limestone “as there is encroachment into agricultural land for mining”. On August 14, the Ministry of Mines formed a committee to review the National Mineral Policy, 2008. Surendra Kumar, advisor, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), was present at the second meeting of this committee that took place on September 11, 2017, in New Delhi.
“He (Kumar) mentioned that presently, the focus is on a few minerals like iron ore and manganese; and suggested that the policy should also incorporate concerns for placing limits on production of other minerals also like limestone especially as there is encroachment into agricultural land for mining,” stated the minutes of the second meeting of the committee.
The Supreme Court passed a judgment on August 2, 2017, wherein it directed the central government to revisit the National Mineral Policy, 2008, and announce a “fresh and more effective, meaningful and implementable policy” before the end of this year. The mines ministry formed the committee after this judgment. The first meeting of this committee took place on August 28, 2017. Read More…
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