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Dr Rashmi Singh reviews performance, functioning of Mining Deptt

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SRINAGAR: Dr Rashmi Singh, after taking over as Administrative Secretary of the Mining Department, today chaired a meeting to review the functioning and performance of the department at the Civil Secretariat here.

During the meeting, the Secretary took a comprehensive review of all the districts besides she also assessed the progress achieved by the department in the identification of new major and minor mineral blocks across the Union Territory for e-auctioning.

The Secretary, during the course of the meeting, also undertook an extensive assessment of the department’s performance and functioning to ensure transparency, efficiency, and optimal resource management. The review meeting also focused on evaluating the department’s achievements, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing strategic measures for the betterment of the mining sector.

The meeting was attended by Director of Geology and Mining, Om Prakash Bhagat; Managing Director, J&K Minerals, Vikram Gupta; Joint Director of Geology and Mining, Jammu/ Kashmir, District Mineral Officers (DMOs) of all districts besides other concerned officers both in person and through video conferencing.

Addressing the officers, Dr Rashmi Singh emphasized upon the officers to consummate a strong monitoring mechanism in coordination with other departments including law enforcement agencies to optimize district-wise resources potential and tackle the problems of illegal mining.

The Secretary further asked all the DMOs to expedite the process of identifying the new major and minor mineral blocks in their respective districts for e-auctioning. She also impressed upon them to establish mineral check posts at prime locations.

While reviewing other aspects of the department, Dr Rashmi Singh directed all DMOs that the progress on working on a regular basis. She also asked the officers in meetings to sort out the issues related to e-portal so that the Mining lessees, mineral dealer licence holders, as well as the general public, are facilitated at large. 

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