In its First Interim Report the Shah Commission has recommended the amendment of Rules 24A (1) and (6) of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960 as follows :
Amendment of Rule 24A (1)
“(a) An application for the renewal of a mining lease shall be made to the State Government in Form J at least twelve months before the date on which the lease is due to expire, through such officer or authority as the State Government may specify in this behalf.
(b) In case of forest land, simultaneously with the application for the renewal of a mining lease under Rule 24(A)(1)(a) appropriate application should be filed before the concerned Forest Officer for approval.
(c) Further, if required, simultaneously with the application for renewal of mining lease under Rule 24(A)(1)(a) appropriate application should be filed to State Pollution Control Board for its clearance.”
Amendment of Rule 24A(6)
“If an application for renewal of a mining lease is made within the time referred to in Sub-Rule (1) is not disposed of by the State Government before the date of expiry of the lease, the period of that lease shall be deemed to have been extended by a further period of one year or till the State Government passes the order thereon, whichever is earlier.”
By this amendment, concerned officer would be required to decide the renewal application promptly within stipulated time. One year before expiry of lease and one year after expiry of lease (two years) for deciding renewal application is more than sufficient.