"There is a strong request from the industry if this royalty can be included as a form of input. Can this be treated as input and be part of the input cost? This is something we are working on. The mining industry is ready to pay the royalty. There is a case to merge everything and put an amount to it," Steel Secretary Aruna Sharma said here.
"This is the request we have put it (with) the revenue department as well. This can be offset as input cost. Input is at 5 per cent (GST slab) and steel sector is at 18 per cent. This will get offset in that five per cent. Today iron ore, manganese are all treated as inputs. This royalty will come under input.
Sharma further said there will be very smooth transition of those iron ore mining leases, which are coming to an end in 2020.
The Centre, she said, has asked states to speed up work so that output from the iron ore mining leases, which are expiring in 2020 is not affected.
He also said there is a need to make the Act easy and simple.
All the approvals concerning the mines should be taken before the mineral blocks are auctioned, he added.
The government had earlier said that the conclave will also help in expediting auctions and bring in greater participation from the stakeholders.