February 15, 2017

Tata Steel's Joda East Iron Mine accorded five star rating by Ministry of Mines, Government of India

New Delhi: The Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM) of Tata Steel has been accorded the ‘Five Star rating’ for its sustainable mining practices. The award ceremony was organised today during the 2nd National Conclave on Mines & Minerals in New Delhi. This is the second achievement of Tata Steel for its iron ore mines. The Noamundi Iron Mine of Tata Steel was earlier felicitated with the award for ‘Five Star’ rating during the first National Conclave at Raipur on July 4, 2016. Chanakya Chaudhary, group director (corporate communication and regulatory affairs), Tata Steel, and Pankaj Satija, general manager (Ore, Mines and quarries), Tata Steel, received the award on behalf of Tata Steel from Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Mines, Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy.

Tata Steel team receiving the award from Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Mines, Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy

The ‘star rating of mines’ system aims at promoting sustainable developmental practices, which includes addressing social impact of resettlement and rehabilitation, among others. The star rating scheme is designed to have a built-in compliance mechanism for environment and forest safeguards and help in recognising good performers in the sector while encouraging all mining lease holders to strive for excellence.

Speaking about the best practices that the company follows, Mr Chaudhary said, “We believe that scientific and efficient mining is key to a sustainable future and at Tata Steel, we are doing our best to leverage the potential of emerging technological advancements. We are strengthening our environment-friendly and sustainable mining practices by adopting and integrating the same with the social, environmental and economic developments.” He further added, “The award is a testimony of our sustainable mining practices and reinforces our commitment towards improving the quality of life of the communities around our areas of operation.”

Among those present at the conclave included Sanjay Kumar Pattnaik, president, FIMI; Balvinder Kumar, Union Mines secretary; Nikunj Bihari Dhal, Union Mines joint secretary and Sudhaker Shukla, economic adviser, Union Mines Ministry. The two-day conclave saw deliberations on topics like initiatives of the Ministry of Mines, incentive scheme for attracting private explorers by SBICAP, innovative methodologies adopted for environmental impact mitigation, sustainable development framework and presentations on auctioning of minerals and implementation of schemes under Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana.