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Monday, December 12, 2011

New Mining Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Delhi: The Mines Ministry today tabled the new Mining Bill in Lok Sabha proposing coal miners to share 26% of the profit and non-coal miners' 100% of the royalty annually to project-affected people.

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011, which will replace the over-a-century old, often-amended Act of 1957, also seeks to empower state governments to constitute special courts for the purpose of providing speedy trial of offences relating to illegal mining.

"The holder of a mining lease shall pay annually to the District Mineral Foundation...In case of major minerals [except coal and lignite] an amount equivalent to the royalty paid during the financial year," the Bill proposes.

"...In case of coal and lignite, an amount equivalent to twenty six% of the profit...In case of minor minerals, such amount as may be prescribed by the State government with the concurrence of the National Mining Regulatory Authority," it added.

The long-pending Bill also envisages introduction of competitive bidding process to encourage participation of private parties and a change in the role of the central and state governments, particularly to incentivise them for investing in exploration and mining.

The Mines & Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011 provides for a simple and transparent mechanism for grant of mining lease or prospecting licence through competitive bidding in areas of known mineralisation, and on the basis of first-in-time in areas where mineralisation is not known.

(sourced Business Standard)

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