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Government of India
Ministry of Mines
31-August-2012 17:03 IST
Minerals Concessions to PSUs

The Central Government in public interest, has taken under its control the regulation of mines and development of minerals, and has framed Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDR Act) and as per Section 17A (1A) and (2) of the MMDR Act, reservation of areas in favour of Central and State PSUs are granted for undertaking prospecting or mining operations for major minerals, including iron ore, manganese ore and, chrome. All proposals for reservation of area in favour of PSUs are examined on merits on case-to-case basis before a decision is taken to reserve the area.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Mines (Independent Charge) Shri Dinsha Patel in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.