Development of Mining Industry is Need of the Hour: Shri Dinsha J. Patel Consultative Committee of The Ministry of Mines Meets
Minister of State for Mines (Independent Charge) Shri Dinsha J. Patel has stressed the need to develop the mining industry in order to achieve the overall targeted growth rate. Share of mining sector in GDP is between 2.5 to 3% since last 2/3 years, he said. Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Mines regarding “Indian Bureau of Mines(IBM) and its Activities” here yesterday.
Shri Patel informed the Members that the Ministry of Mines has prepared a document on Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) for the mining sector. He said, mining industry’s contribution towards all round well-being of indigenous host populations and local communities are taken into consideration during the preparation of document. SDF document is being finalised for its final roll-out, the Minister said.
A detailed Presentation was made at the Meeting about the various schemes for implementation of activities of IBM.
Shri Patel pointed out that Government has constituted a Committee for Review and Restructuring of the Functions and Role of IBM to shoulder the future work load for sustainable development of mineral sector and the report is in final stages. He said in the Mineral sector, many non-legislative recommendations were also made, like Development of Mining Tenement Registry system, Zero waste mining, cluster approach for mining of small deposits, financial support for mining, etc. These recommendations are also being considered in the matter related to restructuring of IBM, the Minister added.
Participating in the discussion the members expressed their concern on illegal mining. Responding to that the Minister said that Government has notified amendment in Rule 45 of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988, on 9.2.2011 making it mandatory for all miners, traders, stockist, exporters and end-users to register with IBM and report their transaction in minerals on monthly basis for a proper end-to-end accounting of minerals. As on 19.3.2012, out of 9390 mining leases in the country, 7896 mining leases have registered online with the IBM. The IBM has suspended 1460 mines for non-compliance and initiated prosecution in 4 cases and recommended 21 cases to State Governments for termination. IBM has also requested the State Governments not to issue transit passes for movement of minerals to unregistered persons.
IBM is a multi-disciplinary Government Department under the Ministry of Mines engaged in promotion, conservation, and scientific development of mineral resources as also protection of environment in mines. It takes care of the administration of rules and regulations for achieving these objectives in respect of mines other than coal, petroleum and natural gas, atomic minerals and minor minerals by undertaking regular inspections through its various Regional Offices situated across the country. IBM is not only adhering to the conservation of minerals and systematic development of mines but also providing inputs for making suggestions in the amendments of various acts, rules and regulations, mineral policy, mineral royalty, up-dation of national mineral inventory, etc.
The Members of the Parliament present in the meeting include:Shri Amarnath Pradhan(Lok Sabha),Shri Sohan Potai( Lok Sabha) and Shri Kameshwar baitha(Lok Sabha).
The Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Shri Vishwapati Trivedi, along with senior officers of the Ministry and IBM also attended the meeting.