Bhubaneswar, June 18 (LocalWire): The State Revenue Department Thursday said that despite the pandemic at place, the exploration for new minor minerals and focus on the sector yielded good results.
The department said that during 2020-21, it saw identification of 506 minor minerals sources while steps like monitoring of these minor minerals against theft and use of technology in the process led to better performance of the sector.
The department also said that it was also able to garner better revenue during the same time period.
“So far as identification of new sources is concerned, during 2020-21, 506 new minor mineral sources have been identified and brought into the process of operation.
This includes 12 large river sand beds having an area more than 50 acres.
The Water Resources Department has been involved in the move for identification of large potential river sand sources,” the department said in a statement today.
The department said 2,772 mining plans were approved by the authorised officers under Directorate of Geology while the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) was able to conduct 52 meetings and granted 1000 Environmental Clearances during the same period.
A total of 1546 sources were said to be in operation at the end of the year.
The department also said that enforcement of the existing laws also yielded good results during the period.
“Record number of 39,621 raids/ checks have been conducted by Tahasil/ Sub-Division/ District level squads/ teams in the year.
31,758 cases of illegal mining have been detected and 19,806 vehicles and other equipment have been seized.
Enforcement has earned a total of Rs. 68,52,87,987 towards royalty and penalty,” the department said.
In the minor mineral sector revenue collection increased to Rs 962 crore as against Rs 680 crore in 2019-20, hinting at a revenue increase of 41.47 from the previous year.