Issues of mining
Recently on the instructions of the government, the J & K mining department has taken up slew of measures to iron out all the issues pertaining to the mining especially with regard to its contracts.
Recently the Principal Secretary Mining Department discussed various issues of mining.
Director Geology and Mining, J&K briefed the Principal Secretary about the procedure adopted by the Department of Geology and Mining in e-auction of Minor Mineral Blocks and grant of Mining Leases.
He informed the Principal Secretary Mining that as on date, out of 365 e-auctioned Minor Mineral Blocks, Environmental Clearances (ECs) has been issued in favour of 175 blocks, Environmental Clearances (ECs) of 20 cases has been approved and 19 cases are under consideration (i.e listed for approval) before State Environment Impact Assessment Committee (SEIA).
He apprised the Principal Secretary the Department has granted Mining Leases in favour of 167 Minor Mineral Blocks.
The Principal Secretary discussed important issues like issuance of Environmental Clearances (ECs) and Consent to Operate (CTO) for Operationalization of remaining Minor Mineral Blocks with the Commissioner Secretary Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment and Director, Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, J&K and they impressed for expediting the pending cases of ECS before March 31st 2022.