What is the principle of granting of mineral concessions in Tamil Nadu?
The general principle followed in granting mineral concessions for minerals other than minor minerals is, other things being equal, the principle of first come first serve. However, a person who has undertaken reconnaissance operations under a RP has the preferential right for obtaining a PL, and similarly, a person who has prospected for the mineral under a PL has the preferential right for obtaining a ML. In other cases of simultaneous applications for mining lease, the law provides that the State Government could, in a transparent manner evaluate relative merits of the applicants on objective criteria like special experience, financial resources, level of proposed investment etc. and grant mining lease accordingly. In addition, for all minerals included in the First Schedule to the MMDR Act, 1957, approval of the Central Government should be obtained before passing any order.