Even as states have committed to carrying out auctioning of 106 mineral blocks during the current financial year, they have sought the Union mines ministry’s intervention to expedite environment clearance for mining and exploration.

Sources in the mines ministry told Business Standard that Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh said that e-auction of 17 mineral blocks had to be deferred due to the insufficient number of applications in initial bids. Read more