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Punjab govt to track mining through GPS

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Following the footsteps of Telangana, which has adopted the technique of monetering mining works through Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) survey, the Punjab government has decided to go the same way to protect rich mineral wealth in the state.

Disclosing this on Tuesday, during the sub-committee meeting on mining, the Punjab Local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the panel has studied the mining policies of 13 different states.

The minister said that the panel has found the mining policy of Telangana most suitable and he along with other members and officials will be heading for Telangana to see the process. “The main objective of the new mining policy would be to plug in the revenue loss caused to the state exchequer”, he said.

Sidhu, who is also Chairman of Cabinet Sub Committee on Mining for Punjab, revealed that a meeting was held for consulting all aspects with Center`s higher authorities in order to bring a full proof comprehensive mining policy keeping in view the interests of Common People and for generating revenue for the state.

Sidhu further said that the Punjab government is fully geared up to release comprehensive policy on mining taking into account views of all the stakeholders and emphasis would be on to weed out the lacunae in the previous mining policy. He said that the final draft of New Mining Policy for Punjab would be submitted on 21 April.