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Mines auction of `50K cr during this fiscal: Govt

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Mumbai : Minerals worth at least Rs 50,000 crore can be auctioned from 13-15 blocks in the remaining four months of the current fiscal with the upcoming proposed amendments in the auctioning rules, a top official of the Ministry of Mines said. These 13-15 mines could include limestone, iron ore, emerald and molybdenum among others.

 “We would like the progress to pick up. We are certainly hoping that we will easily cross the Rs one lakh crore figure for the current year, with new 13-15 blocks expected in the remaining four months of FY18,” Union Mines secretary Arun Kumar said here last evening. He was speaking on the sidelines of the golden jubilee celebration of Hindustan Copper Ltd.

   “We have auctioned about Rs 50,000 crore worth of minerals from 12 mines in this financial year so far,” the senior official said. The government has been able to auction Rs 1.80 lakh crore worth of minerals for 33 mines during the last two years, he said. The Mines ministry was in the process of bringing some amendments to fuel an interest from private investors in the mining sector, after some concerns were raised.