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Center to approve Ad Valorem royalty on non-coal minerals: Wall Street Journal

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(Thanks to Umashankar babu for the tip.)

Following is an excerpt from a report in the Wall Street Journal.

India’s federal government has approved an increase in mining royalties for various minerals including iron ore, copper, zinc and lead, government officials said Wednesday.

Two mining ministry officials, who didn’t want to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires that India’s cabinet committee on economic affairs has approved the proposal for changes in royalties on minerals other than coal, and a formal notification with immediate effect is expected this week.

…  The change in rates will increase states’ annual revenue from royalties to 46.3 billion rupees ($968.6 million) from 22.88 billion rupees.

… The officials said the government will levy a 10% value-added or ad valorem royalty on iron ore mining.

For iron ore miners, the new royalty will mean switching to a tax regime under which they will be charged based on the market value of the minerals compared with the existing system of flat rates based on weight, the officials said.

At present, the government charges a fixed royalty of up to 27 rupees a metric ton on different grades of iron ore.

Iron ore spot prices in the local market may rise by about 10% in the near future, … said Rahul Baldota, …  But he added that iron ore producers in India, the world’s third-largest supplier of the commodity, will absorb the cost for exports in order to remain competitive.

…  India already charges value-added royalty rates for zinc, copper and lead, but the rates charged will now increase.

The government will charge an 8% royalty on zinc ore, up from 6.6% earlier, while the rate on copper will rise to 4.2% from 3.2%. The royalty on lead ore will go up to 7% from 5%.

On bauxite used for other than alumina and aluminum extraction and exports, a royalty of 25% will be charged. For use in alumina and aluminum extraction, the rate will be 0.5%. Previously, no royalties were charged.

Will center institute Ad Valorem royalty soon?

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Economic Times.

… The new structure will result in a 10% royalty payout on iron ore of all grades instead of the Rs 13-27 per tonne that states have been getting, depending on the quality of the ore. Revenue for states from the vital input for steel is likely to increase from Rs 250 crore to over Rs 1,500 crore per year.

“Higher royalty payments will certainly impact our expansion projects as lower realisations and even lower margins now leave little with the companies,” said an official of a leading private sector steel company.

The mines ministry estimated the total value of mineral production during 2008-09 at Rs 1.14 lakh crore. Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh are India’s top mineral producing states and they have been pressing the Union government for about two years now to revise the royalty rates.

…Along with iron ore, the new system will lead to changed royalty rates for limestone, zinc, bauxite, manganese, diamond and uranium.

States’ royalty earnings on non-coal minerals are expected to double from level Rs 2,014 crore (at 2006-07 production levels) because of the new structure.

Royalty rates were last modified nearly five years ago and a change has been due since 2007.

Ad-valorem royalty rates for Uranium

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Following is from

The CCEA has approved the revision of the rates of royalty for uranium as per recommendations of the Study Group. Accordingly, royalty rates for Uranium would be levied on ad-valorem basis on the basis of compensation amount paid to the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), at the rate of 2% of the compensation amount received by the UCIL, to be apportioned on state wise basis as per the details provided by the Department of Atomic Energy.

The Government has taken several initiatives to streamline exploration and mining of mineral Uranium in the country. One of the issues pertained to providing a fair compensation tot he State Governments for the mineral mined out from their territory. While the Government is working out a proposal for revision of royalty rates for all minerals, a considered decision has been taken to enhance the royalty rates of mineral Uranium immediately, keeping the fact in view that uranium is a strategic mineral and mining operations in this sector is restricted to Public Sector only. Royalty on minerals is payable to the State Governments by a holder of a mining lease in respect of any mineral removed or consumed by him from the leased area.

In terms of the provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, the rates of royalty can not be enhanced more than once in a period of three years. The existing rates of royalty for minerals including Uranium, other than minor minerals, coal, lignite of royalty for Uranium can be enhanced any-time after 14.10.2007.

In order to review the rates of royalty and dead rent the Government constituted a Study Group under the Chairmanship of the Additional Secretary (Mines) with the representatives of the State Governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Orissa, Rajasthan, Ministry of Steel, Department of Atomic Energy, Indian Bureau of Mines, and the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries as members. The Study Group noted that the details on domestic production and domestic pricing of uranium are not available in public domain. Further the mining operations of uranium are exclusively done by public sector, with limited captive use. Thus for the sake of transparency, the Study Group recommended that the compensation paid by the Government to the public sector undertakings involved in mining and processing of uranium, would be used as the reference point for determining royalty payable to the State Governments.



CM writes to PM for Ad Valorem rates on minerals: Samaja

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Naveen writes to PM on Coal royalty and compensation for delay

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Following is an excerpt from New Indian Express on this.

… Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded that the royalty be fixed on ad valorem basis.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister said that the manner in which the Centre is going to revise the royalty, the State will be a loser. The State has already sustained a huge loss because of two-year delay in the revision.

He urged the Prime Minister to compensate the revenue loss of the State and delete the provision of adjusting the cess collected by the State during payment of royalty. As per the Supreme Court ruling, the collection of cess by the State for the development of the people in the mining areas is justified, he argued.

Under the new ‘hybrid formula,’ the State will get Rs 10 more per tonne of coal which is nothing given the delay in the revision of royalty, he said.

As per the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, the Centre is bound to revise royalty on coal and other minerals every three years. The Act provides that the State should be compensated accordingly for the delay in revision of royalty.

The latest revision was made on August 1 after five years, the Chief Minister reminded and urged the Prime Minister to compensate the State for the last two years.

I wonder if Naveen is referring to the supreme court judgment regarding Vedanta where the supreme court asks Vedanta to give 5% of its profits for spending towards tribal development and environmental safe guards.