New Delhi: Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has initiated steps to find `expeditious and acceptable solutions` to the mining issues confronting the country.
Tomar, in a letter addressed to the chief ministers of states, has solicited their views on amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and relevant rules. The MMDR Act 1957 provides the legislative framework which governs the mining sector in the country.
Expressing concern over the negative public perception with regard to mining, Tomar has urged heads of states to come together to evolve a `transparent and efficient system of allocation of leases, along with a robust regulatory framework that best serves India`s interests.`
The letter also enunciates the need to safeguard environmental concerns, and clearly spells out that `intergeneration equity` should not be compromised in the process of easing the mining sector. Priorities laid out also include re-invigorating of mining sector, improving investment scenario and reaping benefits of enhanced technology and best practices.
The Minister is scheduled to meet Chief Ministers of some states this week and also visit other states in first half of this month. During the visit, the Minister, along with his key officials, will meet Chief Ministers, State Mining Ministers and other representatives from the state for intensive deliberations.
Chief Ministers of Goa and Rajasthan are likely to meet the Minister on July 3. Tomar is scheduled to visit Karnataka on July 4. A meeting is fixed with Chief Minister Karnataka on the same day.