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Odisha Is The Mining Capital Of The Country: Union Mines Secretary

10 August 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Union Mines Secretary Anil Mukim met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat on Friday to discuss mining issues of the State. Talking to the media persons, he said, “The discussion with CM Naveen Patnaik was very very positive.”

“Odisha is the mining capital of the country. It contributes in a very substantive manner to the mining activity of the country. NALCO, our Navratna PSU, is headquartered in Odisha. They have made a record profit of more than Rs 600 crores in the first quarter and they are going to sustain it for the entire year. It is a very encouraging sign.”

Informing on the auction of the iron ore mines, he said, “More and more mines should be put up for auction. In fact, this year the State govt will put up 17 to 18 mines for auction, including iron ore mines.

Talking on the status of the State in the mining arena of the country, he said, “Odisha is pro active and not only more auctions are taking place but more than Rs 5000 crores have been collected in the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) in the State. Now new projects have been approved under DMF and the monetary mechanism also has been put in place in the state of Odisha.”

He further stated that Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradest are major mining States. The new regime after the amendment of the new MMDR Act is stabilising and things are improving.

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Anil Mukim, Secretary, Mines, Government Of India