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Series of reforms much needed in minor mineral sector especially in granite & marble mining: Mines Secy V.L. Kantha Rao

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Successfully concluded granite & marble mining workshop in Bengaluru

Shri V. L. Kantha Rao, Secretary, Ministry of Mines today addressed the workshop on ‘Granite and Marble Mining’ held at Radisson Blu Atria, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Additional Chief Secretary & Development Commissioner, Government of Karnataka delivered the keynote address on the occasion.

The Workshop was attended by Dr. Veena Kumari D., Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India, Shri Richard Vincent, Secretary, Mines and Geology, Government of Karnataka, senior functionaries of GeologyIndia, Bengaluru; State Directorates of Mining & Geology of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu; PSUs, representatives from private mining industry, Mining associations and other stakeholders.

Shri V. L. Kantha Rao, Secretary, Ministry of Mines in his Inaugural Address in the Workshop on Granite and Marble Mining today at Bengaluru, informed that the Central Government has recently undertaken a series of reforms in Major Minerals especially Critical Minerals.

The reform includes schemes for enhancing explorations, encouraging researches in the beneficiation and processing of critical minerals etc. Similar reforms are crucially required in the Minor Mineral sector by the State Governments particularly in Granite & Marble mining or in similar high value minor minerals to address the issues and challenges faced.

Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Additional Chief Secretary & Development Commissioner, Govt. of Karnataka in her keynote address in the workshop on Granite and Marble Mining held on 29th May 2024 at Bengaluru emphasized that while resource extraction should be carried out in accordance with regulations, it is equally important to ensure sustainability and environmental protection. She stressed the need for proper mine closure practices and the reuse of abandoned mines to make the industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Additionally, she encouraged industry professionals to develop start-up ideas within the minor mineral sector. She also advised leveraging IT platforms, such as drone data, to monitor critical areas in the minor mineral sector.

Dr. Veena Kumari D., Joint Secretary, MinesMinIndia, in her welcome address at the workshop on Granite and Marble Mining held on 29th May 2024 in Bengaluru, she elaborated on the various statutory provisions related to the granite and marble sector under both Central and State Governments. She expressed gratitude to the Secretary (Mines) for his idea and effort in the organization of the workshop.

She advised industry professionals to engage in brainstorming sessions to develop ideas aimed at addressing the issues in the granite and marble sector through reforms. Additionally, she emphasized the importance of adopting sustainable mining practices uniformly across all states.

Shri Mustaq Ahmad, Director, MinesMinIndia gave vote of thanks on the conclusion of the workshop on Granite and Marble mining today. He thanks all the dignitaries, State Governments representatives, industry associations, officers of GeologyIndia and MinesBuro_India etc. for participation and contribution during the workshop on Granite and Marble mining.

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