Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

India to offer extended mining lease tenure
2nd February, 2015: Paving the way for auctioning mineral mining licences and reforming the country’s mining sector, the Indian government is expected to frame rules for a uniform lease period of 50 years.

The mining lease tenure rules would be framed under the Mines, Minerals (Development and Regulation) Ordinance 2015, which would be placed before Parliament this month and would incorporate changes decided by law makers, an official in the Mines Ministry said.

The Mines Ministry started consultations with all mineral-bearing provinces prior to the framing of the rules to open up the sector, as local governments would be empowered to have their own systems of certification and monitoring for certain minerals. The federal government would have to approve these systems.

According to the Mines Ministry’s rules pertaining to mining leases, until recently, mineral mining lease tenure varied between a minimum period of 20 years and maximum of 30 years, and each renewal was valid for maximum of another 20 years.

The official said that all existing mining leases granted before the start of the ordinance in January 2015, would automatically be extended until the end of March 2020 in the case of noncaptive mines, and until the end of March 2030 in the case of captive mines.

When the lease period expired, the mining lease for the resource block would be put up for fresh auctions, he said.

The rule was expected to avoid logjams.

A large number of iron-ore and manganese mines operating in Odisha had been closed down under orders of the Supreme Court, which held that continued operation of these mines, with second or subsequent renewals of mining leases pending for several years, was illegal.

In a related move, the Mines Ministry would also frame rules for the imposition of a levy equivalent to 2% of the royalty payable by the miners to fund the National Mineral Exploration Trust to undertake exploration of mineral resources across the country.

A draft note on the proposed rules stated that the government would permit private exploration of mineral resources, which until now had been the exclusive domain of government agencies like Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited. The exploration fund would be used as a risk fund to support companies undertaking such projects.

According to the Ministry report, GSI identified 571 000 km2 of geological potential across the country but no projects had been undertaken to explore this potential largely owing to a shortage of technological and fund resources available with government agencies. 

Courtesy: Mining Weekly
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