Govt moves the Supreme Court to prevent atomic extraction by private companies

NEW DELHI: The Center Come To The Challenging Supreme Court Of Delhi On Tuesday, Which Instructed The Government To Conduct Exploration Licenses For Atomic And Rare Mineral Blocks Allowed To Private Parties, Despite A Policy Decision To Disallow Private Players To Investigate Such Minerals.

In June 2010, The Government Had Given Private Parties Permission To Explore 62 Offshore Blocks Of Atomic And Rare Mineral Deposits. But By Noticing Large-scale Irregularities By Various Private Companies, Which Had The Same Directors And Were Only A Few Days Apart, The Government Ordered An Investigation.

The Center Took A Policy Decision In 2016" Not To Auction Atomic And Rare Mineral-containing Blocks In Issue, Nor For Exploration Nor For Production, But For Private Parties, But Given The Nature And Strategic Importance Of Defense Requirements, To Be Alone Mines Through Government Agencies In Consultation With Department Of Atomic Energy "

After The Policy Decision, The Canceled On June 7, 2010, Canceled 16 Candidates From The Private List Who Had Responded To The Offer To Explore Offshore Blocks With Atomic And Rare Minerals. Some Of These Private Companies On The Shortlist Challenged This In The Delhi HC, Which Confirmed A Court Order On 25 April And Directed The Center To Execute Exploration Licenses With Private Companies Within Two Weeks.

In The SC's Appeal, The Center Said:" Shocking Facts Of The Present Case Are Five Companies Who Had Applied For Granting An Exploration Permit Under The 7 June 2010 Notification, Had A Joint Director And Were After The Date Registered Notification, That Is, 7 June 2010, Invitations To Grant Exploration Licenses ... Entire Selection Process By The Screening Committee And Subsequent Letter For Granting Exploration Licenses On April 5, 2011, Transparency And Due Diligence Was Missing.

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