New Delhi: Hundred mineral blocks are now ready for auction. The Geological Survey of India has delineated 100 geologically potential mineral blocks which will be handed over to the union mines ministry for passing the same to the respective State governments for composite license auction for seamless exploration and mining.

Handing over of these 100 reports to the State governments will ensure continuous supply of minerals in the country and more revenue to the State governments by bringing more number of mineral blocks under auction.

Union mines minister Pralhad Joshi and MoS Raosaheb Patil to grace the report handing over function to be held here on Wednesday.

MMDR Amendment Act, 2015 ushered in transparency in the allocation of mineral concessions in terms of Prospecting License and Mining Lease. In this continuous endeavour, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, has been further liberalized in March 2021. The recent amendment is expected to increase employment and investment in the mining sector, increase the revenue to the States, increase production and time bound operationalization of mines, maintain continuity in mining operations after change of lessee, increase the pace of exploration and auction of mineral resources.

With time, the frequency of major discoveries of an economically viable mineral deposit has decreased and this is a worldwide phenomenon despite tremendous technological advancements. Hence, the situation warrants, out of box thinking, new approaches, enhanced cooperation and enthusiastic participation from the Government and private sectors. In the above scenario, the handing over of 100 reports by GSI to state governments attains crucial importance to the mining sector, industrial growth and employment generation.