Karnataka has plentiful mineral deposits and the state has taken mandatory steps to discover them, however to get higher outcomes, the cooperation of the Union Mines Ministry and the National Mineral Exploration Trust is required, state Mines and Geology Minister Halappa Achar mentioned on Friday.
Addressing the National Mining Ministers Conference, which started in Hyderabad on Friday he mentioned after independence, no authorities has ever taken such clear and environment-friendly measures within the mining sector because it.
“These reforms have helped the state government to collect more revenue. Scientific and environment-friendly measures have also contributed to the development of the mining sector of the states,” he mentioned.
Achar mentioned there are plentiful alternatives for mining in his state. “It ranks first in limestone mining and second in iron ore mining within the nation.
“The state government has collected a revenue of Rs 6,308 crore in 2021-22. In the current year, till July, revenue of Rs 1,425 crore has been collected and this time we are expecting a revenue of Rs 6,500 crore. Since 2015, there has been a lot of development in our state on the back of the improvement in the mining sector. There are more mineral deposits in the state and more emphasis needs to be given to their exploration.”
The Minister mentioned Karnataka has already recruited 113 geologists however to realize additional progress the cooperation of the Union Mines Ministry and the Central Mineral Exploration Trust is required, and requested the Centre to take mandatory measures on this regard.
Noting that Karnataka secured the third place within the National Mineral Development Awards final 12 months, he mentioned: “We are aiming to achieve the top position by adopting new aspects in the Mines Department.”
At the Conference, the state was appreciated for the brand new know-how adopted in stopping unlawful mining. Also, by adopting reforms within the central mining coverage, it was additionally praised for being second within the nation when it comes to auctioning mining blocks.
Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi, Mines Ministers from many states and senior officers of the Mines Ministry have been current within the programme.