Legislation UpdatesRules & Regulations

G.S.R. 595(E)— In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 35 of the Offshore Areas Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 2002, the Central Government hereby makes the following Rules to amend the Offshore Areas Mineral Concession Rules, 2006, namely:—

1. (1) These rules may be called the Offshore Areas Mineral Concession (Amendment) Rules, 2019.

   (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Offshore Areas Mineral Concession Rules, 2006, after Rule 3, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:—

3A. Prohibition on grant of permit, licence or lease in respect of atomic minerals — No reconnaissance permit, exploration licence or production lease of atomic minerals shall be granted to any person, except the Government or a Government Company or a Corporation owned or controlled by the Government”.

[Notification dt. 23-08-2019]

Ministry of Mines

Amendments to existing lawsLegislation Updates

The lease period of merchant miners extended under the Section 8A(6) of the MMDR Act, would expire on 31-03-2020. The Central Government had earlier issued a directive in 2010 which mentioned that all the existing leases have to be brought to an exploration level of G2 or G1 in 5 years’ time. It has been further strengthened by inserting Rule 12 (4A) in the Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 2017 (MCDR) by way of an amendment notification, published in Gazette of India vide G.S.R. No. 289 dated 27-03-2018. The rule mandates exploration in G2 level as stipulated under clause (a) of Rule 5 of the Mineral (Evidence of Mineral Contents) Rules 2015, to be carried out in the mining leases expiring in 2020 by 01-04-2019. The rule also lays down the timelines for implementation of the exploration plan prepared with the approval of IBM for satisfying the requirements.

[Press Release no. 1526840, dt. 28-03-2018]

Ministry of Mines