Itanagar, Jul 1 : Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday chaired a review meeting of state Geology & Mining department with an objective to strengthen and address manpower shortage, and to boost revenue generation.The meeting acknowledged that due to the efforts of state government, it was able to get forest clearance for Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) for 13 oil wells, which was pending for the last 14 years, an official release said.
During the meeting, the officials informed that the government will be able to earn revenue of Rs 15 crore out of all oil wells, which will be run by Oil India, it said.Further, the meeting also took important decision for resuming coal mining in Namchik-Namphuk coalfield which was ended following a Supreme Court judgement. CM gave go ahead for settling the matter by deciding to pay additional levy of Rs 32 crore imposed by Ministry of Coal. This important decision will revive the Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development & Trading Corporation Ltd, a Governmnet of Arunachal undertaking responsible for mining in Namchik-Namphuk area, the release added.
The meeting also discussed on strengthening of staff position in the department, ways to curb illegal mining and empower the department to increase revenue generation. (UNI)