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Proposed KP Mining Policy to promote capitalist system: FMOA

Rejecting the proposed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mining Policy 2013, mine owners and lease holders termed that the policy was supposed to promote capitalist system, instead of development of mining sector in the province.

Speaking at a news conference at the press club here on Monday, Frontier Mine Owners Association (FMOA) President, Sherbandi Khan Marwat said that the government had not consulted with miners and other relevant stakeholders, before finalising the proposed Mining Policy 2013, which is unacceptable and demanded immediate revise with consultation with lease holders and mining department in the province.

Accompanied by Association Vice President Ghulam Haider, executive member Hidayatullah Khan, and lease holders, he said the miners and lease holders would be disallowed to use old tools and machinery for the modern mining, under the proposed policy 2013.

FMOA president criticised that the incumbent provincial government and mining department had imposed ban on new mine leases and licenses for the last six months, due to which the province is facing a shortfall of Rs 80 million in revenue from this sector.

"We will not accept temporary ban for next two years under the new policy, which would prove detrimental for the mining sector," he warned. He demanded the government to devise mechanism for removal of all hurdles to promote mining sector in the province.

He further said that the illegal mining and supply was increased, resulting millions of rupees revenue shortfall as per month, while auction of mining lands worth of millions also stopped under the restriction by the government and mining department.

Marwat informed the mining sector is contributing one billion rupees revenue to provincial exchequer yearly, despite government was not extended any incentive and financial support to lease holders and mine owners in the province.

FMOA demanded the KP government and mining department to immediate implement its recommendations, and restore Mining Concession Rules 2005. The association also asked government to simplify process of explosion licenses.

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