Boost to production and pvt investment as mining reforms get green signal

The Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved a reform package for the mineral mining sector which would entail amendments to three existing laws, pricing formula for minerals, exploration of mines and several taxes and duties levied on mining. Officials said this is expected to boost production and private investment in the sector.

The Centre has removed the distinction between captive (self-use) and merchant (commercial sale) mines. The Centre would amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDRA) to enforce the reforms.

Senior officials said the amended MMDRA would be placed in Parliament in the upcoming session.

Under the proposed reforms, captive mines would be allowed to sell 50 per cent of the minerals excavated in a year. The Centre has also proposed to give 50 per cent rebate in the quoted revenue share, for the quantity of mineral produced and dispatched earlier than scheduled date of production

The Centre has proposed to amend the section 10A(2)(b) & 10A(2)(c) of the MMDRA in order to unlock more mines for auctioning.

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