The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government unveiled a new sand mining policy on Tuesday as part of its move to keep a check on the spiralling prices of sand in Madhya Pradesh.
At present, the State Mineral Development Corporation operates sand mines in 53 tehsils of 18 districts while the collectors manage mines in the remaining 33 districts.
From now, the government will take the e-auction route to invite interested parties in the sand mining sector.
The government has removed the limitation that there should be no two mines within a radius of 10 km.
Locals will have free access to use sand for personal use.
A uniform levy of Rs 125 per cubic meter has been fixed as royalty and administrative expenses to bring uniformity in the price of sand.
Security deposit for the mining parties has been reduced from 25% to 10%.
In another important decision, the Cabinet approved Rs 632 crore for setting up a state-level ‘Dial 100’ control room and command centre.
Under this plan, 100 phone numbers will operate in the rural areas as well, government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said.
Meanwhile, the government officials had something to cheer about their hard work in the state.
According to Central Statistics Organisation (CSO), Madhya Pradesh is likely to outdo other major states in GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) growth in the fiscal 2014-15.
The CSO has estimated that the state will notch a 10.19% GSDP growth rate.
Madhya Pradesh recorded 9.48% growth during the fiscal 2013-14, according to a state government release.
Agricultural growth rate is likely to be 21.04%, according to the advance estimates of the year 2014-15, the CSO said.
Tax collection has gone up to Rs 38,990 crore in the year 2014-15 from Rs 6,805 crore in the year 2003-04.
According to the budget estimates for 2015-16, it is likely to be Rs 43,448 crore.