In a bid to facilitate interaction between the mine owners and the central and state governments, union minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that a new online platform will be set up in a month’s time.
“As transparency drives all of us to deliver better, we in the next 30 days will work out an interface between the mine owners and the central and state governments…All queries, their responses and timelines will be put up in public domain,” said Goyal, who has recently assumed the charge of mines ministry in addition to the three independent portfolios he already holds for power, coal and renewable energy.
“I have asked my officials in the ministry of mines to create the entire infrastructure for the interface, software etc. in the next one month,” he said.
“This is in the interest of transparency, so that nobody can delay approvals for extraneaous reasons,” Goyal, who is credited for the earlier successful auction of coal mines, added.
The minister said two new mobile apps on the coal and mining sectors will also be looked at to provide information in a transparent manner as also to impart accountability to the system comprising of companies and the central and state governments.
“The mobile app will give an complete account of sale of coal from every mine…it will also give the e-auction data on coal as also the carry details of coal linkages.”
While praising his predecessor Narendra Singh Tomar for a “painstaking analysis” of the ills plaguing the mines sector for the last seven years, Goyal said his job will be to provide further thrust to the sector and exploit the potential that the mining sector holds in India..fast track implementation of projects will be my other priority.”