In a significant development, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh has announced amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1966. These amendments aim to enhance and update the regulatory framework governing minor mineral mining activities in the state.
Expansion of Mineral Coverage
One of the notable amendments relates to the expansion of minerals covered under the rules. The amendments now include additional minerals falling within specific areas. These areas encompass forest lands, Patta lands, and areas applied for by State/Central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and private firms. Notably, the government has granted a special package of incentives for the captive usage of minerals in these areas.
Implications of the Amendments
The amendments have several implications for the mining sector in Andhra Pradesh. By broadening the scope of minerals covered by the rules, the state government aims to ensure comprehensive regulation and oversight of mining activities. This step reflects their commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible mining practices. Including forest lands and Patta lands in the amended rules demonstrates a balanced approach towards mining operations and environmental preservation. These areas hold significant ecological value and require careful consideration. The amendments aim to ensure that mining activities in such areas are carried out responsibly and in compliance with environmental regulations.
Furthermore, the involvement of State/Central PSUs and private firms in the mining sector is expected to increase under the amended rules. The provision of special incentives for captive usage of minerals serves as a motivating factor for these entities to actively participate in the development of the mining industry. This can contribute to economic growth, job creation, and technological advancements in Andhra Pradesh.