New Delhi : The NDA has drawn up a seven-point action plan to revive the mining activities that are crippled due to corruption, illegalities and protests in the past few years.

Resource mobilisation and employment generation are two key factors for reviving the mining but within a transparent framework that does not tax social and environmental issues, an official of the mines ministry said.

He said the action plan has been drawn up keeping in view the M B Shah Inquiry Commission reports on illegal mining of iron and manganese ores and this is reflected in the memoranda of action taken laid down in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the official said.

He said though the Shah Commission report has nothing to do with the coal mining, the action plan also covers the coal mining that has slumped badly.

The plan includes:

l Transparent rules for approval of mining leases;

l E-enabling the auction of mines;

l Expeditious processing of environment and forest clearances;

l Model rules to plug the loopholes identified by the Shah Commission as the root cause of illegal mining;

l Using GPS (global positioning system) and RFID (radio frequency identification) to track the pilferage-free transportation of the iron ore;

l Strict enforcement of the MMDR (Mines and Minerals Development and Regulations) Act, 1957; and

l New rules to use technologies that minimise the miseries to workers as also prevents degradation of the surroundings.

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