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
· 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.
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.