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Prior Approval for Coal Mining Projects

New Delhi: December 11,2012

The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), it has asked the State Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Maharashtra to process the proposals seeking prior approval of Central Government under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land for coal mining projects and send to MoEF for its further necessary action to consider these proposals on case to case basis and on merit, in accordance with the decision of the Group of Ministers which decided that concept of ‘Go-No-Go’ for coal mining should be done away with and each of the proposal seeking diversion of forest land for coal mining be processed and considered by MoEF on its merits. The State Governments seek prior approval of the Central Government under Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 before executing the Mining Lease.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal, Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil in a written reply in Lok sabha today.

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