listed as The Minerals (Evidence of Mineral Contents) Rules, 2015; The Minerals (Non-
      exclusive Reconnaissance Permits) Rules, 2015; The Mineral (Auction) Rules, 2015; The
      Minerals (Mining by Government Companies) Rules, 2015; The Mines and Minerals (
      Contribution to District Mineral Foundation) Rules, 2015; The National Exploration Trust Rules,
      2015; The Minerals (Other than Atomic and Hydrocarbons Energy Mineral Concession) Rules,
      2016; The Minerals (Transfer of Mining Lease Granted Otherwise than through Auction for
      Captive Purpose) Rules, 2016; The Atomic Minerals Concession Rules, 2016; and The Mineral
      Conservation and Development Rules, 2017.
      National Mineral Exploration Trust
            The Government notified National Mineral Exploration Trust Rules, 2015 and has also
      established National Mineral Exploration Trust (NMET) in pursuance of subsection (1) of
      Section 9C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 1957,
      with primary objective to promote regional and detailed mineral exploration in the country to
      increase overall mineral production and achieve sustainable development of the mineral sector.
      Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana
            The government launched Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY)
      which is to be implemented by the district mineral foundations of the respective districts.
      PMKKKY will help in creating a congenial mining environment, ameliorate the condition of the
      affected person and create a win-win situations for the stakeholders. A national portal for DMF is
      being developed which will help monitor the implementation of projects under the PMKKKY
      scheme. The monitoring of PMKKKY would be done under “DISHA”, the District Development
      Coordination and Monitoring Committee of Ministry of Rural Development to promote synergy
      and convergence for greater impact.
      National Mineral Exploration Policy
            Government unveiled National Mineral Exploration Policy, 2016 (NMEP) which spells out
      the strategy and outlines the action plan that the Government will adopt to ensure comprehensive
      exploration of country’s mineral resources (non-fuel and non-coal). The NMEP primarily aims at
      accelerating the exploration activity in the country through enhanced participation of the private
      sector.
      Transparency, Auction, Monitoring and Resource Augmentation
            To facilitate and expedite various clearances/approvals required after the mineral block is
      allocated, an Inter-ministerial Group has been constituted to expedite the requisite clearances to
      enable the early start of mining activity. The Ministry has developed a Transparency, Auction,
      Monitoring and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) portal and mobile application. This will be
      an interactive platform for all stakeholders to compress the timelines for statutory/ other
      clearances.
      Star Rating of Mines
            The Ministry of Mines launched in 2016 Scheme of Star Rating of Mines/ mining leases for
      implementation of Sustainable Development Framework (SDF). The Star Ratings are to be
      awarded, based on evaluation of performance of mines on techno, socio-economic and
      environmental parameters and give objective reporting of their activities. It has been instituted as