Indian Bureau of Mines developed star rating system for mines in India

Q.  India has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Template for Scheme of Star Rating of Mines has been developed for this sector by whom?
- Published on 22 Aug 16

a. Indian Bureau of Mines
b. Indian Mine Bureau
c. Minister of Mines
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Indian Bureau of Mines
India has become one of the fastest growing and developing economies in the world.
  • Enriched with numerous minerals, there has been a growing need to balance mining activities with protection of the ecology.
  • Ministry of Mines, Government of India has focused on Sustainable Development Framework for the Indian Mining Sector as a guiding principle for Indian mining industry encompassing well being and inclusive growth with environmental protection.
  • Ministry of Mines has developed a credible system of evaluation of mining footprints first launched at Odisha’s Sukinda Chromite mine.
  • Ministry through the Indian Bureau of Mines has developed a template for the scheme of Star Rating of Mines.
  • The aim is to bring the mines to a minimum standard of star rating in the shortest time to adopt sustainable practice.
  • A two layered system providing self-evaluation templates to be filled in by the mine operator followed by validation through Indian Bureau of Mines. Templates have been notified vide notification dated 23.05.2016. The star rating will be based on the following parameters:
  • Scientific and systematic mining to mitigate environmental impact, addressing the social impact of resettlement and rehab of mining affected people
    Local community engagement and development of social economic nature for the local community
    Progressive and final mine closure to ensure for restoration of mined out land in better conditions than the original and international standards for mining operations and reporting
  • A web enabled online system for evaluation of measures has been developed by the National Institute of Smart Governance Hyderabad.
  • Schema of Star rating will be a vital step for the compliance of ecological protection and social responsibility by the mining sector.
  • PIB has listed the following benefits of this system:
  • Comprehensive mitigation of environmental impacts on land, air and water by mining activities.
  • Collation of various technical, environmental and social data of the mining sector at one platform by IBM, which would be utilised to enable better management and monitoring of the compliance of various conditions laid down by statutory authorities for mining.
  • Formulation of Comprehensive Regional Plans’- a robust Environment &Social Management framework.
  • Availability of the information on mining as well as the conservation activities in public domain to enable greater transparency to enable effective participation of stakeholder and speedy resolution of conflicts.
  • Reduced delays in obtaining various clearances (environmental, forest, mining plan, etc.) for mines. Self-certification to be allowed for the approvals for scheme of mining.
  • Mine monitoring and high standards adoption for evaluation.

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