Mining deep: on Cabinet easing mining laws

The Hindu | Jan  10, 2020

While opening up the coal mining sector, the govt. must protect the interests of Coal India

The Centre’s decision to liberalise norms for entry into coal mining and relax regulations on mining and selling coal in the country is significant in many respects. Amendments to two legacy Acts through the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday will free the sector from restrictions that were inhibiting its development. This will open up the coal mining sector completely, enabling anyone with finances and expertise to bid for blocks and sell the coal freely to any buyer of their choice. Read more

Coal dust covers Jharia

The Telegraph | Jan 09, 2020

Increased mining activities by Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) in the absence of proper measures to mitigate its impact have resulted in a thick layer of coal dust shrouding Jharia town.

Ashok Keshri, 50, a resident of Hetli Bandh locality in Jharia, said: “When I went to the terrace this morning, I saw a thick layer of coal dust deposited there. I have never seen pollution reach such dangerous levels in Jharia. I am very worried about the health of my children. I have a few more years to live. The worst impact of this pollution will be felt by the young people.” Read more

Meghalaya mining ban boon for firms: Report

The Telegraph | Jan 10, 2020

Cement and thermal power plants virtually exempted from paying royalty, taxes, and other levies payable after ban

A committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has reported that the ban on illegal rat-hole mining came as a boon for cement and thermal power plants in Meghalaya as they were virtually exempted from paying royalty, taxes, and other levies payable on more than two-third of coal consumed by them. Read more

Cabinet okays Ordinance removing end-use restrictions in coal mine auctions

Business Standard | Jan 08, 2020

The decision taken by the Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also do away with end-use restrictions of the mining blocks

In a bid to attract investments and boost domestic coal production, the government on Wednesday approved promulgation of an ordinance to open up coal mining in the country to non-coal companies while removing restrictions on end-use of the fuel. Read more

Mine leaseholders should re-grass areas after ops end: SC

Outlook India | Jan 08, 2020

Mine leaseholders should re-grass areas after ops end: SC

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to make it compulsory for mine leaseholders to re-grass the area after completing mining operations, and recommended this as a stringent condition part of the environmental clearance (EC) for mining. Read more

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