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13 Private Agencies Get Accredited For Mineral Exploration

The total number of government agencies engaged in mineral exploration comes to 22

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The Mines Ministry on Wednesday said it has accepted accreditation for 13 private exploration agencies to undertake prospecting operations of minerals.

The ministry said that with the amendment of the Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) MMDR Act in 2021, private agencies can also participate in exploration for the mineral sector after getting duly accredited by QCI-NABET. So far, 13 private agencies have been accredited and subsequently notified by the Central Government. The total number of government agencies engaged in mineral exploration comes to 22.

Mineral Exploration and Consultancy Limited (MECL), is pursuing mineral exploration activities through NMET funding. Apart from ongoing exploration works, MECL is providing consultancy services to State DGMs/ DMGs for the preparation of reports and other documents for actionable blocks. MECL is also engaged with the State Government of Rajasthan for a feasibility study of potash deposits in western part of Rajasthan.


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