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CS reviews Execution of Mining Leases in J&K

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Major minerals to be e-auctioned this fiscal

Srinagar: Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Monday asked the Mining department to ensure sustainable exploration of major minerals in Jammu and Kashmir by adopting e-auction procedure in the current financial year.

Dr. Mehta said this while chairing a meeting to review the execution of mining leases in Jammu and Kashmir. Administrative Secretaries of departments of Mining, Forests, Ecology & Environment, besides Director, Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing, Member Secretary, Pollution Control Board (PCB) and concerned HoDs participated in the meeting.

Emphasizing the importance of time-bound systematic and scientific exploration of minerals in J&K, the Chief Secretary impressed upon the department to undertake a pre-assessment of the mining blocks before their auction through an inter-disciplinary committee of officers drawn from concerned departments, an official press release informed.

For the minor minerals blocks which are currently under the process of obtaining environmental clearance, the department was directed to expedite 35 cases pending public hearing by June 30, 2021 followed by another batch of 32 cases by July 30, 2021; while completing the documentation of remaining cases.

The Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu were directed to rationalize existing rates of minor minerals in various districts and prevent illegal mining through strict surveillance.

Dr. Mehta asked concerned officers to ensure availability of minerals at reasonable rates to people as well as to various government agencies for speedy development of the UT.

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