National meet of Mining Ministers chaired by Union Steel & Mines Minister Sh. N. S. Tomar was held in Jaipur today. In his key note address, Shri Tomar said, “States must come forward to join the Central Government in enhancing contribution of Mining sector in GDP of the country from present level of 2.4%. Mineral exploration initiatives can be owned by state governments as more exploration can lead to more mining, which can result in employment generation and economic growth. Ministry of Mines has signed MOU with ISRO for use of space technologies in mining sector and states must take advantage of this opportunity.” The States must make efforts to ensure that mining leases granted before MMDR Amendment, get Forest and Environment clearances by January 2017 deadline to prevent lapsing of leases, Shri Tomar said.
Mining Ministers from nine states, who are holding charge of Mining in the respective states participated in the meeting. These include Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Nagaland. More than 60 senior level delegates from Ministry of Mines, 25 States and other government departments also participated in the meeting. The day long workshop had various sessions, addresses and interaction by Mining Ministers of States and technical session with senior officers of the States.