Ranchi, Feb 6: Chief Secretary R S Sharma today suggested delinking of mineral exploration and mining lease by the same entity.
He said mineral lease and exploration were two different activities. The Chief Secretary was speaking at meeting at the Project Building, which reviewed various issues of Mines and Geology Department.
Mines Secretary Arun along with other officials was also present at the meeting. The Chief Secretary emphasized on maintaining transparency in filing application for Mineral Concession.
He said that it should be compulsory for all applicants to file online applications and directed that this process should be made mandatory within a month.
He said that electronic challan instead of manual challans should be issued to the vehicles transporting major and minor minerals.
This robust arrangement in the system will stop illegal mining of minerals.