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With the Centre proposing to give State Governments the powers to reserve end-use of any mine put up for mining lease (ML) auction, steelmakers have reason to cheer as merchant miners with deep pockets can be kept away, if state governments so desire. However, much to the disappointment of steelmakers, no such proposition of reserving the end-use has been made in the case of a composite licence auction. According to tr the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment (MMDRA) Act, 2015, ´the state government may in its discretion identify a specific end use as a prerequisite for auction of ML.´ As most iron ore mines have ´inadequate evidence of mineral contents´, under the Act, such mines would be auctioned for a composite licence only where the end-use provision has not been made. ´The government should introduce this provision of reserving the mine end-use for composite licences, too,´ a steelmaker from Odisha said.