January 17, 2018

S. Vijay Kumar, ex Mines Secretary and Distinguished Fellow at TERI says "Minerals are the property of the States, yet, currently, it is the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) that is functioning as the sectoral regulator. The misalignment and capacity shortcomings of regula...

January 10, 2018

Comments on the draft National Mineral Policy are due by Feb 9, 2018. The draft policy can be downloaded from the Ministry of Mines website or from here.

January 3, 2018

Anuj Srivas at The Wire speculates that the Dr. K. R. Rao Committee is still considering the views of the Environment and Panchayat Raj ministries and that of Niti Aayog as well.

October 30, 2017

Minerals are the natural resources most easily converted to cash. This drives rent seeking, illegal mining, bending of rules, turning a blind eye to violations, under and over invoicing and a variety of other malpractices that are widespread. This has been well documen...

October 25, 2017

While illegal mining is worrying, what is little understood is the enormous loot that is taking place legally. Mineral owners sometimes receive less than 5% of the value of minerals.


October 24, 2017

While the draft does include new paragraphs on illegal mining and sustainable development, experts question whether it will be, as the Supreme Court recently put it, “effective, meaningful and implementable”.


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