Coronavirus Lockdown: Nirmala Sitharaman unveils reforms in mineral mining sector

Published: May 16, 2020, 16:58 IST | PTI | New Delhi

Also, a joint auction of bauxite and coal blocks would be done to enhance the aluminium industry's competitiveness

Nirmala Sitharaman. Picture/PTI
Nirmala Sitharaman. Picture/PTI

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced major reforms in the mining of minerals through a seamless composite exploration-cum-production regime.
She said 500 blocks of minerals will be auctioned in a composite exploration-cum-mining-cum-production regime.

Also, a joint auction of bauxite and coal blocks would be done to enhance the aluminium industry's competitiveness. This, she said, will help the aluminium industry reduce electricity costs.

She said the distinction between captive and non-captive mines will be removed to allow the transfer of mining leases and the sale of surplus unused minerals, leading to better efficiency and production.

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