An analysis of the recently passed Mines and Minerals Amendment bill
To modernise their set up and expand their operations, metal and mining PSUs-SAIL, NMDC and RINL plan to invest nearly Rs 15,000 crore next fiscal. Steel Authority of India (SAIL) will spend Rs 9,000 crore next fiscal, followed by iron ore miner NMDC Rs 4,345 crore and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) Rs 1,600 crore to expand and modernise their operations.
In the first half year of this fiscal ended September 30, 2013, NMDC, the country's largest iron ore mining company, has reported a 8 per cent rise in sales of iron ore. The company has said it sold 13.75 million tonne of iron ore between April-September 2013, up from 12.72 million tonne in the same period last year.
National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) decided not to raise the price of iron ore lumps and fines for September considering slackness in demand. Thus, the firm would continue to sell at the current price of Rs 4,200 a tonne of iron ore lump and Rs 2,510 per tonne of fines