Mines Secretary Anup Pujari on Wednesday chaired a meeting with representatives from state governments to consult the Draft Mineral (Auction) Rules under the MMDRA Act 2015 and asked them to notify these non-profit trusts as soon as possible.

"State governments were urged to decide on the composition and function of DMFs and frame rules to make them work for the interest and benefit of the persons and areas affected by mining-related operations," an official statement read.

Pujari also nudged states to move ahead on notification of new blocks for auction, the statement added.

The Secretary wanted the states to go that extra mile to create an environment of 'ease of business' to augment mineral production.

The government had sought suggestions and comments on the draft rules for the auction of major mines by April 23, and the meeting was a part of that consultation process.

Last month, The Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, was passed by Parliament, paving the way for auction of major mineral-bearing mines.

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015, empowers the Centre to prescribe terms and conditions and procedures for bidding, which include production sharing or royalty payment or a combination of both.

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