Draft Minerals (Evidence of Mineral Contents) Amendment Rules, 2021

Extensive amendments have been made in the Mines and Mineral (Development and Amendment) Act, 1957 (MMDR Act) by the MMDR Amendment Act, 2021 w.e.f. 28.03.2021 with the objectives of increasing employment and investment in the mining sector, increase the revenue to the States, increase the production and time bound operationalisation of mines, increase the pace of exploration and auction of mineral resources, etc. In order to implement the amendments made in the MMDR Act, and to carry out the decision of the Union Cabinet and taken into account request of Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Mines has prepared Draft Minerals (Evidence of Mineral Contents) Amendment Rules, 2021 seeking to amend the Minerals (Evidence of Mineral Contents) Rules, 2015. Comments/suggestions are invited from the general public, Governments of States and Union Territories, mining industry stake-holders, industry associations, and other persons and entities concerned, on the draft Amendment Rules. The last date for receipt of the comments/suggestions is 14th May, 2021.