The government has launched an online portal for star rating of mines, with the aim to promote sustainable mining.
The Ministry of Mines through the Indian Bureau of Mines has developed a template for star rating of mines.
Main objective is to bring all mines to a minimum standard of star rating to adopt sustainable practices.
At the launch of the portal, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Mines, Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal said the scheme would be an important step for guaranteeing compliance of environmental protection and social responsibility by the mining sector.
He has given a December 31 deadline for the rating of all mines.
"Based on the performance of the mining leases, a one to five star rating would be given to the mines. The star rating will be done initially for mines of major minerals. The positive impact of getting higher star rating will drive miners to quickly adopt sustainable mining practices," a statement said.
An apex committee was constituted to facilitate and resolve issues in initial implementation of the rating.