Raipur, June 5
As many as 16 new blocks of iron ore and lime stone in Chhattisgarh is all set to auction soon for mining and probably it may took place in next 2-3 months.
Information in this regard was given during a virtual meeting chaired by Union Minister of Mining and Coal Prahlad Joshi with Chhattisgarh’s CM Bhupesh Baghel on June 4. Meanwhile, the union minister appreciated Chhattisgarh Government for taking prompt steps on the Central Government’s instructions.
Union Minister said that Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country to take initiative for auction of mineral blocks as per the instructions of the Government of India. He congratulated Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the officials of the Mineral Department for taking this initiative.
Highlighting the interest of the state, CM Baghel requested the union minister to reserve Bailadila Iron Ore Mine-1 in favour of CMDC to promote iron ore based industrialization in Bastar region and to make iron ore easily available to local iron-ore based industries.
“Industrialization can be a good medium for eradicating the problem of naxalism in Bastar region,” stated CM Baghel while highlighting the state’s interest during the meeting.
Responding to the Baghel’s request, the union minister assured of taking necessary initiative in the direction.
In the meeting, Chief Minister requested that the Minister in-charge of the district should be allowed to continue as the ex-officio President in the District Mineral Trust (DMF).
He said that all the MPs in the committee can be made ex-officio members. At present, he has requested to amend the order of the Ministry of Mines, Government of India to make the District Collector as ex-officio President and all MPs as ex-officio members. Union Minister assured of considering the request.
Union Coal Minister Joshi praised Chhattisgarh for being the first state in the country to take initiative for grade determination of private coal mines and assured that the demand to authorize state government for grade determination in SECL mines will be taken into consideration and positive initiatives will be taken in this regard in the near future.
Moreover, Baghel demanded early transfer of Rs.4100 crore, the amount recovered from private coal mines operated before the year 2014 as per the order of Supreme Court, to Chhattisgarh Government. Union Minister, while agreeing on this issue, assured to resolve the matter after seeking guidance from the Supreme Court.
Chhattisgarh is a coal-bearing state, still the state’s public sector undertaking here does not have any coal block, pointed Baghel, urging for. He urged for allotment of Tara coal block in favour of CMDC.
He said that in case of non-availability of this block, any coal block from Doresara, Jharpalam, Jarekela in Raigad should be reserved. Union Minister Joshi has directed to send proposal to the Centre for the agency to utilize the funds of NMET for exploration of base metal in Bodal area under Ambagarh outpost of Rajnandgaon.
Chief Minister Baghel also requested to fix the royalty rate of ROM of iron ore separately, considering the evasion and expected impact on the revenue because of the huge variation in the royalty rates of lumps and fine ore from the iron-ore mines in the state. On which Union Minister asked the state to send proposal in the context to the committee constituted for resolution of this subject matter. In the same sequence, State Government has put forth its stand on the proposal of National Mineral Index in place of the average selling price proposed by the Ministry of Mines, in response to which Union Minister assured that before implementing any system, it would be ensured that the State Government does not suffer any loss of revenue.
In this virtual meeting, senior secretaries from Ministry of Coal and Mines, Government of India, and Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Subrat Sahoo, Secretary to Chief Minister Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Secretary of Mineral Resources Department Anbalgan P, Director Geology and Mining Samir Bishnoi were present, along with other senior departmental officers.