About Preamble

DEPARTMENT FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • The Department of Mines and Geology is entrusted with both promotional and regulatory functions for overall development of Mineral Sector and collection of mineral revenue to the State Exchequer.
  • In Andhra Pradesh State under the control of Director of Mines & Geology oversee the functions of receipt & processing of Mineral Concession applications, grant of leases for Minor Minerals, approval of Mine Plans, Inspection of Mines, curbing of illicit Mining and Transportation, Vigilance,monitoring of Mineral Production, Survey & Demarcation of areas, Mineral Revenue Collection, Mineral Investigations & explorations and dissemination of Mineral information.
  • In Andhra Pradesh State, there are :- (a) Assistant Directors of Mines & Geology offices at Srikakulam, Tekkali, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, Nandigama, Guntur, Dachepalli, Ongole, Markapur, Nellore, Chittoor, Palamaneru, Kadapa, Yerraguntla, Tadipatri, Anantapur, Kurnool and Banaganapalli. (b) Assistant Directors of Mines & Geology (Vigilance) at Visakhapatnam , Rajahmundry , Eluru, Vijayawada , Guntur, Ongole, Nellore , Tirupati and Gooty. (c) Regional Deputy Directors of Mines & Geology offices at Visakhapatnam, Kakinada , Guntur, Kadapa and Kurnool . (d) Zonal Joint Directors of Mines & Geology at Visakhapatnam, Ongole and Kadapa

VIGILANCE

  • There are (9) Vigilance Offices in the Districts and (5) Regional Mobile Squads stationed at (5) Regional Dy. Directors of Mines & Geology and operating at Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Guntur, Kurnool and Kadapa and there are (2) Central Vigilance Units at Directorate of Mines & Geology. There are two integrated check posts at Tada and Naraharipet and observation check posts at Ibrahimpatnam, Krishna Dist.; Piduguralla, Guntur Dist.; Bugga, Bethamcherla, & Dhone, Kurnool Dist. for effective vigilance to curb illegal mining & transportation of minerals. During 2013-14, the Department booked (5546) cases and collected penalty of Rs.779.37 lakhs in the Andhra Pradesh State.

TASK FORCE

          Based on the instructions from Ministry of Mines, Government of India, the State Government constituted a State Level Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, similarly District Level Task Forces were constituted under the Chairmanship of District Collector concerned..

     The State Level Task Force conducts meetings and discuss issues of Forest and Revenue clearances for quick disposal of Mineral Concession Applications as a measure to minimize illicit mining and transportation, more powers for seizure of vehicles under M.V. Act, blanket clearances in respect of mineral bearing areas falling in Revenue lands, identification of compensatory land adjacent of Forest areas, by Forest Department, recovery of Seigniorage fee from the bills of contractors with one time penalty, inclusion of Commercial Tax Department, Seizure and safe custody of vehicles in the respective Police stations etc. There is a need to reconstitute the State Level Task Force in Andhra Pradesh due to Reorganization and include Commercial Tax Dept. as member for better understanding and reconciliation of information.

      Similarly, the District Level Task Force Committee also conduct meetings regularly and discuss the matters relating to prevention of illegal mining/quarrying and transportation of minerals and recommend issues regarding inter-departmental co-ordination/co-operation in curbing illegal activity to the State Level Task Force for issue of suitable instructions for concerted efforts to resolve the local problems in controlling illegal mining and transportation of minerals.

DEVOLUTION OF POWERS

     The Department is also instrumental in devolution and delegation of certain powers to the Zonal Joint Directors in respect of Mineral regulation, issue of Mineral Revenue Clearance Certificate, approval of Mineral Revenue Assessment, Issue of Notices, approval of Mining Plans and transfer and deputation of staff for effective Mineral administration at ground level. The Department delegated powers to District Officers from the Regional Offices for issue of way bills under Mineral Dealers Rules 2000 to facilitate the Mineral Dealers to obtain way bills immediately from the respective district offices..