India mulls restricted window for atomic mineral mining – by Ajoy K Das (MiningWeekly.com – April 14, 2016)

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KOLKATA (miningweekly.com) – The Indian government has proposed tweaking the atomic mineral concession rules, which would offer limited leeway to provincial governments to undertake mining of atomic minerals, subject to conditions.

Currently, mining of atomic minerals was under the sole purview of the federal government’s agencies under the scrutiny of the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, within the purview of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

However, once the new concession rules kicked in, provincial governments would be permitted to undertake mining of such minerals, subject to atomic mineral content being lower than a pre-determined threshold.

The Atomic Mineral Concession Rules 2016 had been circulated among various stakeholders, including local governments, mining industries and associations, with the latter asked to submit their responses and feedback by April 26.

The new concession rules proposed that in cases where a prospecting report indicated the occurrence of minerals and the quantity of atomic minerals contained in the ores was less than the threshold limit set by the DAE, the provincial government may grant the mineral concession to such area.

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