Rehabilitation Schemes for Mining Areas

Rehabilitation Schemes for Mining Areas 

Rule 72 of MCR, 1960 requires payment of an annual compensation to owner of surface rights for undertaking mining operations. Rule 73 of MCR, 1960 requires assessment of damage, if any, done to the land by the reconnaissance or prospecting or mining operations and shall determine the amount of compensation payable by the permit holder or licensee or the lessee as the case may be, to the occupier of the surface land. These provisions are also incorporated in the Model Form of Mining Lease as specified in Form K mentioned in Schedule –I to MCR, 1960.

The Mineral Conservation and Development Rules (MCDR), 1988 have provisions for restoration and rehabilitation of mining areas, which is a continuous process. As per rule 23A of MCDR, 1988 every mine shall have a progressive mine closure plan and a final mine closure plan. The “progressive mine closure plan” means a progressive plan, for the purpose of providing protective, reclamation and rehabilitation measures in a mine. The “final mine closure plan” means a plan for the purpose of decommissioning, reclamation and rehabilitation in the mine or part thereof after cessation of mining and mineral processing operations.

As per rule 23 (5) of MCDR, 1988, the leaseholder shall not abandon a mine unless a final mine closure plan is implemented. For this purpose, the lessee shall be required to obtain a certificate from the Regional Controller of Mines of Indian Bureau of Mines (an attached office of the Ministry of Mines) or the officer authorized by the State Government in this behalf to the effect that protective, reclamation and rehabilitation work in accordance with the final mine closure plan have been carried out before abandonment of mine.

Further, as per rule 23F (5) of MCDR, 1988, if the reclamation and rehabilitation measures as envisaged in the approved mine closure plan, in respect of which a financial assurance is given, have not been carried out in accordance with the mine closure plan, the financial assurance can be forfeited.
This information was given by Minister of State for Steel and Mines Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Lok Sabha today.

Extension to Old Mines 

The Mineral Concession Rules (MCR), 1960 have been framed under section 13 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 for regulating the grant of reconnaissance permits, prospecting licences and mining leases in respect of minerals and for purposes connected therewith. The MCR, 1960, inter-alia, provides for the following matters, namely:-

i.        the procedure for obtaining a reconnaissance permit, a prospecting licence or a mining lease and the terms on which, and the conditions subject to which, such a permit, licence or lease may be granted or renewed;
ii.      the manner of computation of royalty separately in respect of land in which the minerals vest with the Government and land in which the minerals vest in a person other than the Government;
iii.    the fixing and collection of fees for reconnaissance permits, prospecting licences or mining leases, surface rent, security deposit, fines, other fees or charges and the time within which and the manner in which the dead rent or royalty shall be payable;
iv.    the reports and statements to be submitted by holders of reconnaissance permits or prospecting licences or owners of mines and the authority to which such reports and statements shall be submitted; and
v.      the period within which applications for revision of any order passed by a State Government or other authority in exercise of any power conferred by or under this Act, may be made, the fees to be paid therefor and the documents which shall accompany such applications and the manner in which such applications shall be disposed of.

Prior to 12th January 2015, State Governments were empowered to grant renewals for mining leases except coal, lignite and atomic minerals. In compliance to the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on 21.04.2014 in WP (Civil) 435/2012 [in the matter of Goa Foundation Vs UOI & Ors], the MCR, 1960 was amended on 18.07.2014 to prohibit deemed extensions for second and subsequent renewals. However, this provision is no longer in force since 12.01.2015 with the amendment of the MMDR Act, 1957 through the MMDR Amendment Act, 2015. Through the MMDR Amendment Act, 2015 the provisions for renewal of mining lease has been done away with for minerals except coal and lignite.

The newly inserted section 8A has provisions which provide that period of mining leases granted before 12th January, 2015 will be deemed to be extended till the following period, whichever is later:

(i)           31st March, 2030 in case mineral is used for captive purpose, or 31st March, 2020 in case mineral is used for other than captive purpose;
(ii)         completion of renewal period;
(iii)       fifty years from date of grant of mining lease.

The transition provisions for extension of period of mining leases have been provided to ensure regular supply of raw material to the industry.
This information was provided by the Minister for Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in a Statement laid on the Table of the Lok Sabha today.

Govt for timely promotions in services, says Dr. Jitendra Singh 
Government is in favour of timely promotions in services and the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is constantly working on ways and means to overcome delay in providing various benefits to employees.

This was stated here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, when a deputation of Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) Association of Private Secretaries called on him at his North Block office.

The deputation, led by Shri Sushil Sachdeva, handed over a memorandum to Dr Jitendra Singh and said that after having put in as many as 20 to 30 years of service, the only expectation is that they would get some reward by way of timely elevation, but when this is denied, they lose the initiative to work and feel demoralised. They also complained that their agony becomes more acute when they see that their counterparts in parallel services get promoted faster and some of them become senior to them. This also affects pensionary benefits that they are entitled to receive at the time of superannuation.

The deputation leader also said that Dr Jitendra Singh is known as a Minister with highly positive and pro-employee approach and therefore, they have come to him with a great hope.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave them a patient hearing and said that various demands and grievances put up by the Association will be placed for consideration at appropriate level. He said, the Modi Government is committed to provide ‘Maximum Governance with Minimum Government’ and has adopted several radical measures to simplify governance and provide a comfortable as well as work-friendly environment for officials. It is in the same spirit that officials of different Services are also intended to be made comfortable and ensured a sense of esteem through timely promotions and befitting status in their service career, he added.

Prominent among the other members of the deputation who met the Minister were Dimple Kapoor, Girish Kumar, Alok Kumar and M.S. Rawat. 

ACC Appointment 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri R.Swaminathan, IFS (1980) as Secretary (Consular, Passport & Visa and Special Assignment) by temporarily upgrading the post held by him to the level of Secretary up to the date of his superannuation i.e. 31.8.2015. 

Shri Arun Jaitley condoles the passing away of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has condoled the passing away of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

"My condolences on the sad demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam. We have lost an ideal citizen. May his soul rest in peace.", Shri Arun Jaitley said.


Unsold Coal Mines Attract Bids in Third Round

The third tranche of Coal mine auctions have received bids for several mines which were offered in earlier rounds but failed to find bidders .Out of 10 mines which were put on the block this time,6 were mines which had been offered earlier but did not attract enough bidders.Mines like Parbatpur Central which could not be sold earlier have received bids from Industry majors like JSW Steel and SAIL. Lloyd Steel and Topworth Urja amongst others have bid for Marki-Mangli-I. Jamkhani, which was withdrawn from the auction last time, has received the highest number of bids at 6.

Big private sector players like JSW, Hindalco. Jindal Iron and Steel, BALCO, Bhushan Power and Steel, ACC and Vedanta apart from SAIL and RINL are in the fray.

The Tender Process for Tranche III of auction for ten (10) coal mines comprising of two (2) Schedule II and eight (8) Schedule III coal mines started on June 8, 2015 with the release of Tender Documents. As a part of the auction process, Technical Bids comprising of online and offline bid documents were opened today 3:00 pm onwards at SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi, in the presence of the bidders.

In the first stage of the tender process, bidders submitted their Technical Bids on MSTC’s portal created for the purpose. Bidders were also required to submit a sealed envelope containing Bank Guarantee for bid security, Power of Attorney supported by Board Resolution or extract of charter documents and the Affidavit. The cut-off time for submission of Technical Bids was 2:00 pm on July 24, 2015.

The online bids were decrypted and opened electronically in the presence of the bidders. Entire process was displayed on the screen for the bidders. Subsequently, sealed envelopes containing offline bid documents were also opened in the presence of bidders. The bids will be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary Technical Evaluation Committee and Technically Qualified Bidders would be shortlisted for participation in the electronic auction to be conducted on MSTC portal from August 11, 2015.

Number of bids received for each of the coal mine is as given below:

S. No.    Name of Coal Mine          Number of Bids
1             Bhaskarpara       3
2             Chitarpur                            5
3             Dongeri Tal – II  2
4             Jamkhani                            6
5             Kosar Dongergaon           1
6             Majra                   6
7             Marki Mangli – I 3
8             Marki Mangli – IV             0
9             Parbatpur Central             3
10           Sondhia                2

Note: The abovementioned list is indicative. Physical verification of supporting documents against each bid is still being carried out. The final list of mine-wise bidders will be published on MSTC’s website shortly.


E-Auction of the First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III Channels Commences, Total 4 Clock Rounds of Bidding Completed Today

E-Auction of the First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III commenced today on 27th July 2015 at 09.30 A.M. and during the day, four rounds of bidding took place. 135 FM Channels in 69 existing cities of Phase II have been put on auction in the first batch. At the close of first day of bidding, 78 Channels in 54 cities became Provisionally Winning Channels with cumulative provisional winning price of around Rs 395 Crore against their aggregate reserve price of about Rs 357 crore.

The Auction began today with Auction Activity Requirement set at 80%. Total 26 bidders were allowed to participate in the auction. The ongoing auction is a Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending (SMRA) e-auction which is being conducted online from Auction Control Room No. 404 B Wing, Shastri Bhawan.

Daily auction report for day one of e-Auction has been put on MIB website, Bidding will re-commence tomorrow on 28th July, 2015 at 09.30 AM.


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