Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Inaugurates office Building of Indian Bureau of Mines, in Bhubaneswar

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Inaugurates office Building of Indian Bureau of Mines, in Bhubaneswar 

            The Minister of Steel and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, inaugurated the office building of Indian Bureau of Mines Bhubaneswar Regional Office in the presence of Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Jual Oram; Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (independent Charge) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan; Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Govt. of Odisha, Shri Prafulla Kumar Mallik; MP, Bhubaneswar, Dr(Prof) Prasanna Patasani; Union Mines Secretary, Shri Balvinder Kumar; the Controller General of Indian Bureau of Mines, Shri Ranjan Kumar Sihna in Bhubaneswar on 7th Jan. 2016.

            Shri Tomar dedicated the IBM office building to the nation by lighting the traditional lamp and unveiling stone plaque.  Shri R.K. Sinha, CG, IBM welcomed the dignitaries who graced the occasion.
Shri Narendra Singhji Tomar, Union Minister of Steel and Mines while inaugurating of the Regional Office Building at Bhubneswar, said that the expectations of the people of Odisha will be well met by IBM now that they have their own permanent establishment at Bhubaneswar. He said, Odisha is identified by its mineral wealth.  The IBM must act to curb any illegal activity. Shri Tomar said, the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is resolved to ensure
·       Transparancy,
·       Make in India,
·       Creation of employment, and
·       Upliftment of poor and downtrodden.

            In this direction, the MMDR is amended to make the allotment process of the mining leases totally transparent. Many State Governments have notified mineral blocks in their respective States for auctioning. The new act has provided that the State Government may allot the mining leases and the Central Government need not interfere in allotment issues.

            He further said that CSR is only a small portion of upliftment work while the District Mineral Foundation brought out in the amended MMDR Act, is the key plan for upliftment in the local areas.  An estimated Rs.6000 Crores will come into the DMF and the Foundation formed at every District collector level will look into the developmental requirements, proving that the DMF revolutionary step. A great amount of research is still required in the field of mining Shri Tomar elaborated that IBM is doing a lot of research in mining and is publishing many papers and bulletins as an outcome of their activities. IBM ensures that the business of mining be carried out within the legal framework.

            The Union Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar presented trophies to the Regional Controllers of Mines of Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad for their outstanding contribution towards creating awareness for the online return submission by the mine operators and mineral traders.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) said that the revenue of the state of Odisha is mainly derived from the mining activities. Therefore without a good mining department, there is no revenue regulation into the state of Odisha. He added that, No body must think of breaking the rules but must raise minerals well within the framework of rules and law of the land. IBM must educate the legal framework to the mining fraternity. Shri Pradhan said that the Minister of Mines have brought out the amended MMDR, and there is a great transparency in mining lease allotment. He Thanked Shri Narendra Singh Tomar for giving Odisha people their right to manage their mineral wealth.
Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, appreciated the mineral museum which is one of its kind set up at Bhubaneswar IBM. He Said, the District Mineral Foundation formed by the present government is a great step towards upliftment of the poor and down trodden in their natives. The DMF facilitates the funds raised for the benefit of the poor and affected people within the respective districts which is a commendable step. The IBM, Bhubaneswar is doing a commendable job in creating awareness among the mining fraternity and it can do further more for the benefit of the Odisha community, Shri Jual Oram said.
            Shri Balvinder Kumar, I.A.S., Union Mines Secretary highlighted the importance of Sustainable Development Framework rolled out at Sukinda Chromite mine of M/s Tata Steel at Sukinda valley of Odisha state. 
He also informed the gathering that the developments that take place in the mining area are going to be monitored through satellite image and for that MOU is being signed with the ISRO for providing satellite imagery on regular basis. He said, a mobile app is being put in place for facilitating the mining fraternity to communicate the statutory requirements. Indian Bureau of Mines may be fully automated to meet the growing demands and take advantage of advent of technology. IBM must fulfill its role as the interface with the industry, Shri Balvinder Kumar added.
“Nalco’s performance despite economic slowdown is commendable”: Narendra Singh Tomar 
“Despite the vagaries of international market, Nalco’s consistent performance – both in terms of productivity and profitability is commendable,” said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel and Mines. He was addressing the 36th Foundation Day Celebrations of the company, in Bhubaneswar yesterday. "Nalco has already got Utkal D and E Coal Blocks from Centre, in the vicinity of its thermal power plant at Angul in Odisha, and the aluminium major will get Pottangi bauxite mines near its Refinery at Damanjodi, having a 70 million tonnes of reserve, soon," Shri Tomar informed in Bhubaneswar.

Besides, a number of activities and projects have been undertaken by Nalco as part of its corporate social responsibility, which are praiseworthy, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said while making a special mention of 'Nalco ki Ladli', a scheme to promote meritorious girl students from BPL families, under Government of India’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme.

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram and Union Minister State (Independent Charge) of Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated Nalco’s CMD Shri Tapan Kumar Chand and his team while appreciating the role being played by Nalco in the overall development process and bringing economic progress in the state. They assured all support to the Navratna PSU from Centre.

Odisha's steel and mines minister Shri Prafulla Mallik described Nalco as pride of the state and said there should be no move towards disinvestment of the profit-making public sector company.

Among other dignitaries, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani, MP, Bhubaneswar, Shri Nagendra Kumar Pradhan, MP, Sambalpur and Dr. Udit Raj, MP, North-West Delhi & National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, also addressed the gathering.

Shri Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, Nalco, in his welcome address, reiterated that the company is committed towards the development of Odisha and is also working in sync with the national development programmes. Shri Chand also said that the company, along with its efforts to achieve excellence in business, is focusing on the welfare of its stakeholders.

A host of awards presented by Nalco to achievers in different fields added a unique flavour. For the first time, the company instituted Nalco Smiles Award and Nalco Kharavela Awards this year. Nalco Smiles Award was presented to Dr. Sruti Mohapatra, Founder of Swabhiman, for her outstanding contributions towards the rehabilitation of differently-abled children. She received a purse of Rs. 1 lakh. Nalco Kharavela Award for Odissi Guru was received by Padma Shri Dr. Ileana Citaristi, for her significant contributions in promoting the dance form in India and abroad. This award also carried a purse of Rs. 1 lakh. The other Nalco Kharavela Award for significant achievements in Odissi, was handed over to Saswat Ranjan Joshi. He received a cash prize of Rs.50,000/-.

Nalco also honoured 17 young talents of Odisha for their extraordinary achievements. Ananya Sritam Nanda (Winner of Indian Idol Junior Title), Rituraj Mohanty (Winner of India’s Raw Star Title), Dutee Chand (Ace Athlete), Saina Salonika (Chess Player), Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai (Winner of Community Impact Award at Google Science Fair), Jogabyasa Bhoi (Mountaineer), Jamunamani Singh (Asha Worker who was appreciated by PM in Mann ki Baat), Bijay Biswaal (Artist, who was also appreciated by PM in Mann ki Baat), Rajesh Meher & Suraj Meher (Guinness World Record Holders for Largest TV Remote Control), Jitendra Kumar Biswal (Differently-abled Actor of the film The Desire), Sibananda Sethy (Artist, Winner in the World Food Programme Children’s Design Competition), Lipsa Pradhan (Winner of National Innovation Foundation Award), Srikanta Sahu (Topper in National Skill Contest) and folk artistes Bishnu Charan Sasmal, Bikram Kumar Sahoo and Gyana Ranjan Mohanty were felicitated with cash rewards and citations. Noted singer Susmita Das was also felicitated on the occasion, with a scroll of honour and memento for bringing visually challenged children to arc light through song and music.

Shri S.C. Padhy, Director (HR), Nalco, proposed a vote of thanks. 
Major policy decisions related to Steel & Mines Sector accorded in-principle approvals in meeting between Union Steel & Mines Minister and Chief Minister, Odisha at Bhubaneswar yesterday 
Minister of Steel & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, who is on a 2-day visit to Odisha met Chief Minister, Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik at Bhubaneswar yesterday.

            Shri Tomar raised issues related to development of steel and mines sector in the state, to which the Chief Minister responded positively and assured all possible help and speedy action.
On issues raised by Shri Tomar, major points of discussion and decision included :

·         In-principle approval for allocation of Potangi mines to NALCO. This is critical for expansion of Damanjori Unit capacity by 1 million tonne, at an investment of around Rs. 6000 crore

·         In-principle approval accorded for giving PL for Thakurani mines block-A to SAIL and resolution of Bolani mines and Barsua mines issue. Concrete action to be taken in a month or two.  
·         Expediting setting up of District Mineral Foundations in different districts, in addition to the 12 districts where DMF has been set up already.  Efforts will be made to set up DMF in remaining districts and amending the DMF rules, within this month.

·         Extending full support of MECL in facilitating G-2 level exploration of mine blocks

·         Consideration of making royalty of iron ore lumps and fines different in line with the practice in other states for revival of steel and mining sector. At present lumps and fines are being charged same royalty rates in Odisha.

·         Expediting renewal of ML of mines, which are pending owing to different reasons. Only 80 out of 400 major mineral mines in Odisha are operational at present.
            Shri Patnaik sought support from centre on

·         Approval of GOI under Section-6 (1) for grant of mineral concessions for 3000 hectares Karlapet Bauxite deposit in Kalahandi district. State government had reserved the deposit for Odisha Mining Corporation under Section-17 A. The proposal is to grant ML for 1848 hectares and PL for 1157 hectares.

·         Setting up of Aluminium Park by NALCO in Odisha.

            Shri Tomar assured of all possible help in these areas.

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