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18th April 2016

Supreme Court observed that approval of Central Government required by Section 17A(2) , Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, is mandatory, but nowhere it is stated that the approval must be sought prior to the reservation. Prior approval of the Central Government before reserving any area by the State Government for the public sector undertaking is not required. Therefore, what logically follows from Section 17A(2) is that the State Government may seek approval of the Central Government even after the framing of the policy.

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