Narendra Singh Tomar to hold state mines ministers’ meet in Jaipur tomorrow

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Jaipur | Published: May 26, 2016 6:45:11 PM

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will discuss key issues pertaining to the mining sector at a national meeting of state mines ministers here tomorrow.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will discuss key issues pertaining to the mining sector at a national meeting of state mines ministers here tomorrow.

In the second such meeting for the discussion of mining issues at the highest level of governance, the ministers would discuss review and firm up the way ahead in expediting the pace of reforms initiated by the MMDR (Amendment) Act effective from January 15, 2015.

This high-level meeting, chaired by Union Steel and Mines Minister Tomar, will enable intensive discussion on the issues, challenges and opportunities in the mining sector to realise its optimum potential and provide an effective platform to showcase the recent policy initiatives of the Government of India.

Preparedness for e-auction of major mineral blocks, management of District Mineral Foundations (DMF), National Mineral Exploration Trust (NMET), minor mineral rules, effective ways of curbing illegal mining, adoption of IT and newer technology for mineral administration, extension of Mining Leases would be discussed in the meeting, which will also help the central government to take feedback on further improvements in the policy environment in the mining sector.

Ministers from states would detail the efforts of the respective state governments for promoting ease of doing business in the mining sector.

They will highlight the key issues which the states may have encountered during the implementation of reforms in mining and minerals sector, a release said.

The first meeting of the mining ministers was held on in January 2015.

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