Five year scheme ready for pre-survey and survey work of minerals in M.P.


Mineral resources minister Shukla in meeting of states’ mineral ministers in Goa

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Mineral Resources Minister Rajendra Shukla said in the meeting of States’ Ministers for Mineral Resources held in Goa (Panaji) that Madhya Pradesh has prepared a scheme for the next five years for pre survey and survey work of minerals. Scheme has been made to carry out the works with Government of India, State Government and Private Sector also. Union Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar chaired the meeting of Mineral Ministers. Discussion was held in the meeting on main issue like auction of mineral mines, execution of Prime Minister Mineral Sector Welfare Scheme, auction of mineral leases ending in the year 2020, mining surveillance system and execution of star rating scheme. Mineral Secretaries of States and other Senior Officials were present on the occasion. Rajendra Shukla said in the meeting of the Ministers that tripartite MoU has been inked for exploration work with the Geological Survey of India, the enterprise of the Government of India, NMDC and Manganese of India ltd. Proposal has been made to carry out works related with diamond mineral exploration by NMET of the government of India in two areas. He informed that proposal for strengthening of survey wing has also been prepared by the state government. On the basis of plan made for pre survey work, efforts will be made by the state government for auction in about ten new areas every year as per new provisions so that revenue to the state government can be gradually increased. Also, people can get employment opportunities in the state. Mineral Resources Minister informed in the meeting that tender for auctioning eight blocks of major minerals has been issued by the state government. Completion of this process shortly will increase revenue. Five coal blocks have been sanctioned by the Government of India. Mining has been started in three out of these blocks. The state gets Rs 600 crore revenue every year. Currently, 2977 works have already been sanctioned in the state under PMKKY scheme implemented by the Prime Minister. An amount of Rs 527.37 crore will be spent on these works. Mineral Resources Minister Shukla said that mineral resources are adequately available in Madhya Pradesh. The state is one among the mineral-rich states in the country. Major minerals available here are coal, diamond, lime stone, manganese, copper, bauxite, rock phosphate, pyrophyllite, diaspore etc. The number of major minerals is 851 and remaining are minor minerals. The state generates Rs 4500 crore revenue from minerals annually.