Ministry of Mines - Year End Summary, PIB, Major Schemes, Achievements 2017

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AMENDMENTS IN THE MINERAL AUCTION RULES: The Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation Act, 1957 was amended in 2015. Mineral Auction Rules, 2015 prescribed the procedure of the auction process.

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Ministerial Summary 2017 PIB (Current Affairs/GS 2018)

Dr. Manishika Jain explains Ministerial Summary 2017 - Source PIB

  • Auction of concessions for major minerals (other than coal, petroleum and natural gas) was done for the first time in the history of mineral administration in the country.

  • 33 blocks were successfully allocated.

  • 60 auction attempts failed during this period.

  • The Ministry of Mines was monitoring the process very closely with the state governments.

AERO-GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY:

  • The Multi-sensor Aero-geophysical Survey of the Obvious Geological Potential Area was inaugurated on 7thApril, 2017.

  • The project has commenced covering four blocks comprising 2 lakh sq. Km.

COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE NATIONAL MINERAL POLICY, 2008:

STAR RATING OF MINES:

  • Implementation of the Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) in mining, has evolved a system of Star Rating of Mines.

  • Instituted the Sustainable Development Framework (SDF).

  • Based on the performance of the mining lease, 1 to 5 Star rating.

  • The Star Rating has been included as statutory provision in the MCDR for time- bound (2 years) achieving of minimum 4 stars.

MINING SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (MSS)

  • Satellite-based monitoring system which aims to establish a regime of responsive mineral administration by curbing instances of illegal mining activity through automatic remote sensing detection technology.

  • Ministry of Mines & Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) have developed the MSS.

  • The MSS is a transparent & bias-free system, having a quicker response time and capability of effective follow-up.

  • A user friendly mobile app for MSS has been created and launched at Gandhinagar.

  • 48 unauthorized mining have been detected after inspection of the triggers by the state government officials.

  • The training of all the States for its adoption of the MSS for minor minerals has also been done.

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA (GSI)

  • GSI has reported augmentation of natural mineral resources to National Mineral Inventory (NMI of Indian Bureau of Mines) of copper, iron, bauxite, limestone, platinum group of element, gold, potash, and alusite and coal.

  • Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), have signed a MoU on collaboration for academic and research programs leading to award of Ph. D. Degree by GSITI from academic year beginning 1st April, 2018.

  • GSI has implemented an integrated IT-enablement system - Online Core Business Integrated System (OCBIS) with a goal towards comprehensive data management across Missions and Support systems.

NATIONAL ALUMINIUM COMPANY LIMITED (NALCO)

Performance Highlights:

  • During the year 2016 - 17, Bauxite Mines and Alumina Refinery scaled a new high and achieved highest ever production.

    SWACHHA ICONIC CITY:

  • NALCO has taken up beautification of Shri Jagannatha Temple, Puri under Swachha iconic city initiative.

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- Published/Last Modified on: January 7, 2018