Check on min­ing boosts TS’ rev­enue

■ Min­ing depart­ment in Te­lan­gana re­ceived 1,116 new lease ap­pli­ca­tions

Deccan Chronicle - - City - KI­RAN REDDY ALTHURU | DC

Con­trol­ling il­le­gal min­ing has boosted the state’s rev­enues. In fis­cal 2017-18 Te­lan­gana’s rev­enue from min­ing reached `3,704.38 crore. There has been an in­crease in rev­enue ev­ery year.

In 2018-2019, the min­ing depart­ment re­ceived 1,116 new lease ap­pli­ca­tions as of date. There are about

2,902 work­ing leases and

104 non-work­ing leases in the min­eral rich state. There are about 1,647 ac­tive min­eral dealer li­cences in the state.

As new in­dus­tries are be­ing es­tab­lished, min­eral con­sump­tion is in­creas­ing ev­ery year. The man­u­fac­ture of min­eral based prod­ucts has also added to the de­mand. Te­lan­gana pro­duces about 33 mil­lion tonnes of in­dus­trial min­er­als, 55 mil­lion tonnes of coal and 54 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of di­men­sional stones and build­ing ma­te­rial ev­ery year.

The state lost huge rev­enues in the past be­cause no proper pol­icy was in place and there was no con­trol of il­le­gal min­ing. The mi­nor min­er­als were com­pletely ne­glected in the united state. Soon af­ter the for­ma­tion of Te­lan­gana state, the govern­ment con­cen­trated on the min­ing sec­tor and min­istry was given to K.T. Rama Rao who brought in sev­eral re­forms in the min­ing sec­tor.

Di­rec­tor of Mines and Ge­ol­ogy B.R.V. Susheel Ku­mar said, “Our reg­u­la­tory mech­a­nism helped us in­crease the rev­enue. We did ev­ery­thing on­line and even the lease ap­provals were placed on­line. Phys­i­cal in­spec­tions have in­creased to en­sure that il­le­gal min­ing is not tak­ing place. Min­ing is now done with of­fi­cial per­mits. In the unau­tho­rised sec­tor like mi­nor min­er­als, Te­lan­gana state has the best sys­tem in the coun­try. It has all been pos­si­ble with the sup­port of our for­mer min­is­ter K.T. Rama Rao.”

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao has said in the As­sem­bly that “in 10 years of Congress regime the rev­enue earned from the sand mines was `9.56 crore and in four years our govern­ment has got a profit of `2,208 crore.”

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