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Who Won in West Bengal

September 9, 1972 of state governments. It is well known that some states, with enlightened Directorates of Mines and Geology, have made rapid progress in the field, through a combination of good geological groundwork and a sound licensing policy. The proposed amendment would certainly act as a damper to these departments. In the less efficient departments on the other hand the same provision could offer a handle for further delay and corruption. Prospecting and mining leases is a state subject, and an ambivalent statute should not be introduced. (Reading the fine print, 4A(1) ends with words "as it may think fit". It is not clear whether 'it' refers to the Centre or the state.) The new Section states that a cancelled lease must thereafter be granted to a government enterprise. This point too needs clarification. The main purpose of the whole Act is to conserve the mineral resources of the country. If a mineowner is mining unscientifically, warning him, or cancelling his lease, is certainly desirable. But on what grounds should the lease go to a government enterprise? There may not be a suitable government agency, or the agency may not particularly want the lease

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