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Govt to launch first round of auction of critical, strategic minerals today

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NEW DELHI, Nov 28: The government will launch the first round of auction of critical and strategic
minerals on Wednesday putting 20 blocks under the hammer.
Twenty blocks of critical and strategic minerals being put on sale are spread across the country, an
official statement said, adding that critical minerals are important for the country’s economic
development and national security.
The auction will take place online via two stage ascending forward auction process. The sale of tender
document will begin from Wednesday, the mines ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Details of the mineral blocks, auction terms, timelines etc. can be accessed on MSTC auction platform,”
the statement said.
There is high demand for critical and strategic minerals. The demand of such minerals is usually met by
imports. Critical minerals meet the needs of sectors like renewable energy, defence and agriculture.
“This is a landmark initiative that will boost our economy, enhance national security and support our
transition to a clean energy future,” the ministry said.
There is high demand for critical and strategic minerals. Their demand is usually met by imports. Critical
minerals cater to the needs of sectors like renewable energy, defence and agriculture.
These minerals are essential for our economic development, the country and its security.
“The lack of availability of these minerals or concentration of their extraction or processing in a few
countries may lead to supply chain vulnerabilities. The future global economy will be underpinned by
technologies that depend on minerals such as lithium, graphite, cobalt, titanium and rare earth
elements (REE),” it said.
India has committed to achieve 50 per cent of cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-
fossil sources by 2030. Such an ambitious plan for energy transition is set to drive the demand for
electric cars, wind and solar energy projects and battery storage systems thereby increasing the demand
for these critical minerals.
Recently 24 minerals were notified as critical and strategic minerals through an amendment in the
mining rule.
The revenue generated from these auctions will accrue to states. (PTI)

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