Panel meets on mining

The meeting decided to prepare an action plan to increase the capacity of State Mining Directorates, start end-to-end accounting system for mineral transactions to prevent and detect illegal mining through an All India online system and ensure proper exploration in leasehold areas in a time-bound manner.

An official release said the committee took decisions to bring efficiency and transparency in the system.

Issues discussed are action taken to curb illegal mining, including use of satellite imagery, improving monitoring of the mineral system through a State-empowered committee and district level task forces, plugging loopholes in the royalty collection system, strengthening governance by gearing up the State Mining Directorates and expediting approval including forest clearance cases to clear long- pending mineral concession applications.

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