KARNATAKA SEEKS CENTRE’s HELP TO GET ITS ₹18000 cr FUND
• Murugesh Nirani met Union Minister Pralhad Joshi in Delhi
• Nirani seeks Centre’s help to get Rs 18,000 crore accumulated fund
• Rs 18,000 cr collected as fines from iron ore firms as per SC order
• Action plan ready to implement CEPMIZ at a cost of Rs 25,000 cr
• Nirani seeks approval of pending proposals of KSMCL at the Centre
• Joshi promises to consider the proposals submitted by Nirani
New Delhi, February 13: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani called on Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi here on Saturday.
During the meeting with the Union minister Mr Nirani raised the issue of the accumulated fund. Nearly ₹18,000 crore collected out of fines & levis from iron ore mines on the direction of Supreme Court has accumulated over the last six years.
Mr Nirani urged Mr Joshi to extend legal and administrative help in getting the accumulated fund to the state kitty and to go ahead with the implementation of Comprehensive Environmental Plan for Mining Impact Zone (CEPMIZ) in the state.
In view of the long pendency of the matter and in order to rehabilitate the mining ravaged areas in 3 districts — Ballari, Chitradurga and Tumakuru — urgent directions from the Hon’ble Supreme Court is required to go ahead with the implementation of CEPMIZ.
Mr Nirani brought the issue of a Supreme Court order asking mining companies to carry out CEPMIZ works in Odisha and a similar order in a mining case in Karnataka to the notice of the Union minister. He informed the minister about an action plan created by his department to implement welfare schemes at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore that includes Rs 18,000 crore fund and the future revenue collection in the next five years.
Mr Murugesh Nirani also informed Mr Joshi about the collection of Rs 2,200 crore under District mineral fund in several districts and requested him to extend necessary help from the Centre to carry out welfare schemes.
Mr Nirani had recently met Mr Joshi at BJP office in Malleshwaram and discussed the issues concerning the department. The Union minister had advised the Mines & Geology Minister to visit Delhi to discuss the matters elaborately and promised to extend cooperation to clear the various proposals of mines department in Karnataka pending at various stages at the Centre.
During the lengthy meeting with the Union minister today, Mr Nirani discussed various matters related to his department.
Mr Nirani also raised the following issues related to mining activities of Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Limited (KSMCL) pending for clearance at the Centre.
1. Reservation of 219 hectares of area for Chromite and Titaniferrous Magnetite at Rayasamudra Kaval and Kamanayakanahalli village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district in Karnataka. The proposal is pending for approval from the Ministry of Mines, Government of India. The Centre has to take decision for reservation of mining lease area to Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Limited (KSMCL).
The Addl chief Secretary (Mines) in state had submitted the compliance letter in August 2020 on the additional information sought by the Ministry of Mines at the Centre.
2. Reservation of 120.60 hectares of area for Bauxite Mineral imparts of Paduvari Yaditare and Byndoor villages of Byndoor taluk in Udupi district. The proposal is pending at the Centre & it has to take decision for reservation of mining lease area to KSMCL. The state had submitted the compliance letter July 2020 on the additional information sought by the Centre.
3. Reservation of area to the extent of 23.80 hectares for Bauxite at Paduvare village in Kundapura Taluk, Udupi District. This proposal is pending before the centre & it has take decision for reservation of mining lease area. As per the discussions with the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, KSMCL had submitted the facts of the case during March 2020.
4. Diversion of additional forest land over an area of 145.00 hectares for mining in NE Block, Sandur Taluk, Ballari District. The proposal is pending before Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC). The Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, Ecology & Environment Department in the state had submitted during May 2020 urging MoEF & CC to accord in-principle approval.
5. Change of name of the company from Mysore Minerals Limited to Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Limited. The proposal is pending for approval from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC).
The Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, Ecology & Environment Department in the state had urged the centre in February 2020 to change the name of user agency from Mysore Minerals Limited to Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Limited for all the mines that are owned by Mysore Minerals Limited.
Mr Joshi said his ministry would positively look into the proposals submitted by Mr Nirani
PC Ray, Managing Director, Karnataka Mining Environment Restoration Corporation and D Ramesh, Director, Mines & Geology department were also present during the meeting.