Jammu & Kashmir

Amit directs for easing out mining portal functioning for public convenience

SRINAGAR: Amit Sharma, Secretary to Government, Mining Department, J&K today issued explicit directions regarding easing out mining portal functioning during a comprehensive review meeting of ongoing mining works in Kashmir Division which was held at Civil Secretariat, Srinagar.

The meeting was attended by all officers of the department including District Mining Officers of Kashmir division and Jammu Division (virtually), officers of J&K Minerals Corporation, Director Geology & Mining, Director Finance, Senior Law Officer, Deputy Director Planning amongst others.

During this meeting, Secretary Mining Amit Sharma gave clear directions that the department has now entered an advanced phase of provisioning online services through 100% usage of e-Challan and e-Marketplace including other G2B2C services and it is high time to ease out functioning of the Mining Portal for ensuring maximum public convenience in this behalf which is the need of the hour.

Apart from sorting out some important technical glitches in a healthy brainstorming session held between DMOs, departmental IT experts and Developers’ team, Mining Department decided to resort to auto approval of the e-Challans which has also been prescribed under the rules. This shall indeed give a lot of respite to public applying through this online mechanism and also to the teams/staff of respective DMO Offices who can now onwards focus on many other important aspects of mining and related works.

Secretary Mining Amit Sharma also directed that there should be uniform measurement of quantity in terms of Metric Tonnes and not Cubic Feet and Mining Portal Development Team should take necessary steps to remove this anomaly at the earliest.

It was further decided that there should be fortnightly regular review meetings to be held between Portal Developers’ team and DMOs to keep improvising upon the existing Portal features which shall lead to incorporation of necessary improvements so that public of J&K can feel more comfortable while purchasing mining material through Government e-Marketplace <www.geologymining.jk.gov.in> in the times to come.

Secretary Mining Amit Sharma also directed all DMOs especially the one working in all ten Kashmir districts to keep the Mining activity vibrant all through these ongoing winter months and it should be ensured that all ongoing prestigious projects of national importance like Ring Road, NH expansion, Railways works etc keep getting sufficient material through legitimate means so that these projects are completed well within the prescribed timelines.

Finally, Secretary also directed in-charge Director to hold a meeting this week only with Lessees of e-auctioned blocks and Project Executing Agencies so as to ensure provisioning of required quantities of mining materials for these ongoing Projects.


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