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National Mineral Policy to drive 100 day agenda

The Union Minister for Mines and Development of North Eastern Region (Doner), BK Handique has said that his ministries’ 100-day agenda would prioritise critical initiatives to deliver results.
The Minister said that in Mines, the agenda is driven primarily by the National Mineral Policy (NMP) 2008. Both Legislative and non-legislative measures to implement this policy would be initiated. Handique informed that a New Act on Scientific Development of Mines and Minerals would be drafted and placed in the Parliament during this Winter Session.
"In the new Act, the focus will be on scientific and clean mining with innovative technology supported by appropriate Environmental and Social Management Frameworks. This would ensure a climate conducive to private investment and exploration. We also embark on revision of royalty rates on ad valorem basis," he added .
The minister also informed that in the first two weeks, his ministry has decided on some issues as part of this agenda. These are:
(a) New Vision and Charter for Geological Survey of India (GSI) in consonance with the requirements of NMP 2008.
(b) Guidelines on grant of concessions to give primacy to “Seamlessness” and “first-in-time” within the ambit of the existing legislation.
(c) GSI was asked to put out all survey and exploration data, maps and reports on its Web Portal free of cost to facilitate private sector participation in mineral exploration; and
(d) Capacity building of State DGMs by GSI.
Similarly, for Development of North Eastern Region, we set forth the agenda for streamiling the procedures for implementation of developmental projects under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) in close coordination with the State Governments.
Road Maps and Action Plans as part of NE Vision 2020, which was released by Prime Minister in the last year, would be finalised by the Central Ministries concerned in identified sectors including enhanced connectivity within the Region and with the Region.

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