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01 November 2011

Madhya Pradesh’s Mineral Policy reverberates in country as Union Govt. puts seal of approval

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Quality-based Mineral Policy 2010 of Bharatiya Janata Party ruled central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is now reverberating in the entire country. What most important is that the Union Government has not only put its seal of approval on the policy, but has also advised other states to emulate it.
The provision of the state's policy, which has drawn encomiums, is that in case of more than one application for Mineral from the lower place, approval should be given to the applicant who has required capacity and capability as the special reason.

Centre's advice to states

The Union Government praised Madhya Pradesh's Mineral Policy and sent its advice to other states to make this policy as their ideal on October 20. The letter sent by Union Ministry of Mineral has made a mention of Madhya Pradesh's Mineral Policy and asked other states to browse Madhya Pradesh government's website to study it. The Union Government has underlined the need for adopting this provision with a view to bringing about uniformity in all the Mineral policies.

This also assumes significance since in the guidelines sent by Union Government on February 9, 2010, it had underlined the need for introducing this provision in view of larger interest of public interest and economic development. Madhya Pradesh included this provision in its new Mineral Policy in 2010 itself, but on the other hand other states are yet to do so.

The Madhya Pradesh State Government included this provision in its new policy also for ensuring quality and transparency. Both these factors are clearly envisaged in parameters for selection as instead of “first come first serve” principle, the principle of appropriate, capable and eligible applicant is applied in the state's policy. The State Government has also determined the special reasons for giving this relaxation.

The State Government has also incorporated several other liberal and justified provisions in its Mineral Policy. They include strengthening of mining administration, control over illegal mining and transportation; relaxation in excavation of minerals found in abundance in Madhya Pradesh, scientific and planned mining and proper land use and constant development.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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