The Union Minister of Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched a Sand Mining Framework. The Minister later on addressed the 3rd National Conclave on Mines & Minerals where he emphasized the underlying importance of the mining sector as it provides basic raw materials to many important industries. The Framework has been prepared by the Ministry of Mines from the study conducted on sand mining in various States and intensive consultations with institutions like National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM), Cement Manufacture Association (CMA), Public and other stakeholders while preparing the sand mining framework. The suggestions in the Framework will provide a roadmap to the States helping them to frame their policies and act as a check on illegal mining of sand.
It may recalled here that the Ministry of Mines had prepared Draft Sand Mining Recommendations to address concerns of sand mining and ensure availability of sand while maintaining the sustainability in sand mining. The Draft Recommendations call for district wise demand estimation by the mining department of the state. Thereupon, the department should estimate for the entire state and accordingly come up with the requirement of further allotments.
Sand is one of the most widely used commodity for different purpose with majority in construction activities. It is roughly estimated that the total sand consumption in India is around 700 million tonnes in 2016-17. In India, the main source of sand is from river plains, in-stream mining, coastal areas and agricultural fields. Among all the sources, river bed is the most common and prevalent source of sand in the country.