Yogi Adityanath urges officials to control prices of minor minerals
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that the prices of minor minerals like sand, coarse sand and gravel (gitti) should not be allowed to increase unnecessarily as these were used by the common man.
Action must be taken against these blacks who trade minor minerals and create an artificial crisis, he said.
Yogi Adityanath was reviewing the progress of the work of the Department of Mines and Minerals at a high level meeting here. He also said that an upward revision of regulatory fees for interstate transportation (mining works) should be considered. The current mining royalty rate came into effect from 2016 and consideration should be given to revising it, he added. Overloading should not be allowed under any circumstances, the chief minister warned.
The bidding process for gold, platinum and iron ore should be completed at the earliest, they said.
He also said that constant efforts have brought transparency in the work related to mining. The state government received additional revenue from ₹168 crores till June compared to the collections made during the period of last year, he observed and said that this progress was satisfactory.
He said a fundraising goal of ₹4860 crores of mining works have been fixed and necessary efforts should be made to achieve it. Since tax revenues have increased through better management of minerals, these efforts must continue, he said.
Integrated mining surveillance through geo-fencing of mining areas, use of mine tags on vehicles transporting minerals and minor minerals, and gate control using artificial intelligence would make mining work more transparent, he said.
A reconstruction study on the sustainability of the mining area on the riverbeds should be conducted by technical institutes with the cooperation of the Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDI), the chief minister said.
He also said that an action plan for the future should be developed based on such a study report.
Dredging the dams would make enough sand available in case of shortage, he advised.
He also said sand generated by crushing rocks should be encouraged as an option. The services of the mining department were available on the mitra mining portal.
The “pay as you go” system should be introduced to allow tenants to deposit their monthly dues by the end of the month, instead of getting an advance payment, he said.