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Union Cabinet approves for amendment to the MMDR Act, 1957

The Union Mines and MineralsCabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDR Act, 1957).

The amendment will allow transfer of captive mining leases not granted through auction.Transfer of captive mining leases, granted otherwise than through auction, would allow mergers and acquisitions of companies and facilitate ease of doing business for companies to improve profitability and decrease costs of the companies’ dependent on supply of mineral ore from captive leases. The transfer provisions will also facilitate banks and financial institutions to liquidate stressed assets where a company or its captive mining lease is mortgaged.

The amendment will benefit lessees desirous of transferring the captive leases not granted through auction. It will also benefit banks and financial institutions. It does not entail any recurring or non-recurring expenditure on the Government.

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