Panel on mineral development, regulation reconstituted


The government has re-constituted state level co-ordination-cum-empowered committee on mineral development and regulation under the chairmanship of chief secretary to monitor process of approval of mineral concessions and compliance with concession conditions.
The government has recently started the renewal of mining leases by asking the mining companies to pay the stamp duty for renewal of leases. The committee will issue directions for setting up joint teams of officials for conducting inspections in specific areas in which illegal mining is suspected and to ensure effective cessation of illegal mining. The committee shall meet once in three months and shall discuss all issues relating to mineral development and regulation in the state. [TOI]