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Lack of private participation hindering mineral exploration: Piyush Goyal

Mines Secretary Arun Kumar and Syedain Abbasi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel also attended

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. Photo: PTI
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. Photo: PTI

Mineral in India is currently constrained due to lack of private sector participation, Union minister said today.

A public private partnership could be tried out to give a fillip to mineral exploration, Goyal, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, said.


Addressing a FICCI conference here, he said, "the time is ripe to reflect on where we had gone wrong" while suggesting setting up of a committee comprising young mining aspirants to develop a position paper to speed up activities.

"This committee should look at innovative ways to bring down the time of actual operation of mine after it is put up for auction, thus enabling the sector to make a quantum jump," he added.

Underlining the need to step up mineral in the country, he said that at present it is "constrained due to lack of private sector participation".

Seeking to address industry concerns, Goyal said that high value, strategic and import substitution were the priority for for making India self-sufficient in

The disparity in stamp duty in various states would be addressed by the Centre in consultation with the state governments, he said.

Besides, mapping would be undertaken and data on would be updated for making an accurate assessment of mineral reserves in the country, Goyal said.

FICCI Secretary General said that mineral security was as essential as energy and food security for the economic growth of the country and the private sector has to play a critical role to accelerate the pace of growth of the mining sector.

Mines Secretary Arun Kumar and Syedain Abbasi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel were among those who attended the conference.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 00:33 IST
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