The Central Government
has reiterated its advice conveyed to the State Governments to
constitute State Level Empowered Committees vide D.O. 7/69/2011-M.IV
dated 17.11.2011 to coordinate efforts at State level among various
Departments for dealing with matters relating to mineral development and
regulation, including measures to curb illegal mining. So far, thirteen
State Governments including all mineral-rich States viz. Andhra Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Orissa, Rajasthan and West Bengal have
set up State Level Empowered Committees.
The Central Government is reviewing the position regarding constitution
of State Level Empowered Committees and their functioning in the
meetings of Central Coordination cum Empowered Committee held regularly.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Mines
(Independent Charge) Shri Dinsha Patel in a written reply to a question
in Lok Sabha today.