Ministry of Mines
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Thirty Minerals Listed as Critical Minerals for India

Details of Critical Mineral Blocks Notified for Auction

Posted On: 11 DEC 2023 2:36PM by PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Mines had constituted a Committee on 01.11.2022 to identify the critical and strategic minerals. The Committee had, inter-alia, recommended to establish a National Institute or “Centre of Excellence on Critical Minerals” (CECM). The purpose of CECM is to periodically update the list of critical minerals for India, preferably every three years, and to notify the critical mineral strategy from time to time. The committee has recommended 30 minerals are critical for the country, out of which 24 minerals are included in the list of critical and strategic mineral in Part D of Schedule 1 of MMDR Act.

A joint venture company namely Khanij Bidesh India Ltd. (KABIL) has been incorporated with the equity contribution from three Central Public Sector Enterprises namely, National Aluminium Company Ltd, Hindustan Copper Ltd and Mineral Exploration and Consultancy Ltd with the objective to ensure consistent supply of critical and strategic minerals to Indian domestic market. On basis of commissioned study and selection criteria, KABIL has initiated engagement with several state owned organizations of the shortlisted source countries through Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassies in countries like Argentina and Australia to acquire mineral assets overseas primarily the critical & strategic minerals.

The Central Government has further amended the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act, 1957 (MMDR Act, 1957) through the MMDR Amendment Act, 2023, whereby 24 critical and strategic minerals have been inserted in part D to the Schedule-I of the MMDR Act, 1957 which have been identified as critical and strategic minerals for the country. Further, the amended Act has also empowered Central Government to auction critical and strategic minerals blocks. Government of India has launched first tranche of auction of these minerals on 29th November, 2023 for 20 blocks. The details of the blocks are at Annexure.

In addition, the Ministry of Mines under its ‘Science and Technology Programme’ provides grants for Promotion of Research and Innovation in Start-ups and MSMEs in Mining, Mineral Processing, Metallurgy and Recycling Sector (S&T-PRISM). One of the thrust areas under S&T-PRISM includes focus on extraction of strategic and critical

minerals at elemental level.

Furthermore, the Ministry is also actively involved in Mineral Security Partnership (MSP) and other multilateral/ bilateral partnerships with various countries to secure the critical mineral demand of India. Under India’s G20 presidency, recognizing the significance of the role of critical minerals in global energy transition the Ministry of Mines got it included in the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration.

Annexure

 

The details of Critical Mineral Blocks which have been notified for auction are as detailed below:

 

Sl No

Block Name

State

Mineral

ML/

CL

1

Chutia-Nauhatta Glauconite Block

Bihar

Glauconite

CL

2

Pipradih-Bhurwa Glauconite Block

Bihar

Glauconite

CL

3

Genjana Nickel, Chromium and PGE Block

Bihar

Nickel, Chromium and  PGE 

CL

4

Kundol Nickel and Chromium Block

Gujarat

Nickel & Chromium 

CL

5

Muskaniya-Gareriatola-Barwari Potash Block

Jharkhand

Potash

CL

6

Dudhiasol East Nickel and Copper Block

Odisha

Nickel and Copper

 

ML

 

7

Babja Graphite and Manganese Block

Odisha

Graphite and Manganese

ML

8

Biarapalli Graphite and Manganese Block

Odisha

Graphite  and Manganese

ML

9

Akharkata Graphite Block

Odisha

Graphite

CL

10

Vellakal Central (Segment-A) Molybdenum Block

Tamil Nadu

Molybdenum Ore

CL

11

Nochchipatti Molybednum Block

Tamil Nadu

Molybdenum Ore

CL

12

Velampatti North A & B  Molybdenum Block

Tamil Nadu

Molybdenum Ore

CL

13

Kurunjakulam Graphite Block

Tamil Nadu

Graphite

CL

14

Iluppakudi Graphite Block

Tamil Nadu

Graphite

CL

15

Mannadipatti Central Molybdenum Block

Tamil Nadu

Molybdenum

CL

16

Marudipatti (Central) Molybdenum Block

Tamil Nadu

Molybdenum

ML

17

Kurchha Glauconite Block

Uttar Pradesh

Glauconite

CL

18

PahadiKalan - Gora Kalan Phosphorite Block

Uttar Pradesh

Phosphorite

CL

19

Salal-Haimna Lithium, Titanium and Bauxite (Aluminous Laterite) Block

UT: Jammu and Kashmir

Lithium, Titanium and Bauxite(Aluminous Laterite)

CL

20

Katghora Lithium and REE Block

Chhattisgarh

Lithium and REE

CL

 

This information was given by Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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BY/RKP



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