Six major states — Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — would be re-tendering 17 non-coal mines for auction. The decision is in the wake of the lack of interest shown by miners to the first auction owing to various reasons — dull market scenario, low-quality of mineral, restrictive use conditions, and lack of quality exploration data.

“The states assured (the central government) that they are already in the process of resolving these issues and would be re-tendering the blocks soon,” said a government release issued after Union mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar concluded his meeting with mines ministers of mineral-producing states on Friday. Read More