Vaikundarajan Explains The Problems Faced By Mining Sector in South Africa

The political unrest and labour instability has put South Africa’s mining industry at a huge risk. This in turn is bound to affect the nation’s capital. “South Africa’s mining sector accounts for a 7% GDP of the country. With the mining industry facing a downside, it could well be possible that the country’s mining potential is never achieved,” says Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the leading sand beach mining companies in the country.

As per the 2016 draft of the Mining Charter, companies are required to keep black ownership at 26%. This rule has not gone well with the Chamber of Mines who has threatened to take the government to the court. “The government did not consult the Chamber of Mines before passing the draft that redresses rules for white-owned companies selling stakes to black business,” informs Vaikundarajan.

The investors are losing confidence in the mining sector due to these two factors – improper governance and labour instability. Losing on investment will result in immediate collapse of the mining sector in South Africa.

Government Will Use New Tech For Tracking Illegal Mining Activity. Vaikundarajan Explains How.

In a bid to curb illegal mining activities, the Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines has launched the Mining Surveillance System in New Delhi.

“The technology is developed by Ministry of Mines in coordination with Indian Bureau of Mines and Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Gandhinagar and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY),” informs Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India, sand beach mining company.

Under the Digital India Programme, MSS is the first surveillance system in India to be developed using space technology. Vaikundarajan explains, “Currently, the entire system relies heavily on local complaints and unreliable information to track illegal activity. This new system uses remote sensing to check a region of 500 meters around the mining boundary and searches for any unusual activity. When an unusual activity is found, a trigger is sent to the district level mining officials for field verification. Further check is carried out and reported using a mobile app.”

Going one step further, this app will also be made available to citizens. “The collective effort of government and citizens will surely keep illegal mining at bay,” says Vaikundarajan.

Several other features such as – status of mapping of mining leases, reasons for triggers, penalty levied etc. – are embedded to help the officials make better decisions. “Currently there are 1710 working mines and 2133 non-working mines in India. While most of the working mines have been digitized, the government plans to complete the same for pending mines in 3 months,” informs Vaikundarajan.

A pilot of 296 triggers hosted on the National Centre of Geo-Informatics will be launched across Haryana, Telangana and Chattisgarh.

Government Aims To Double Coal Production By 2020. Vaikundarajan Explains How?

The undertaking of commercial mining and sale of dry fuel is on the way as the government allots several coal mines to state-government companies.

“The Baitarni West coal mine in Odhisha, Dahegaon/Makardhokra–IV mine in Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Mining Corp Ltd and Gourangdih ABC block in West Bengal, Patal East in Jharkhand, Penagaddppa mine in Telangana are some of the mines assigned to the companies,” informs Vaikundarjan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the leading sand beach mining companies in the country.

Furthermore, eight coal mines are earmarked for allotment of PSU’s of non-host states for sale of coal. “The allotment agreement for two coal mines, Madanpur South mine in Chhattisgarh and Suliyari mine in Madhya Pradesh, is already underway,” adds Vaikundarajan.

The Centre has identified 16 blocks for allotment to state PSUs as a means to open up the coal sector for commercial mining. These mines are – 5 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Telangana, 2 each in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and 1 each in Odhisha and West Bengal.

“The government intends to double the coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020. With that objective, this move seems to be the right way to go for both the mining companies as well as india’s  mining industry,”concludes Vaikundarajan.

 

 

Government Aims To Double Coal Production By 2020. Vaikundarajan Explains How?


The undertaking of commercial mining and sale of dry fuel is on the way as the government allots several coal mines to state-government companies.

“The Baitarni West coal mine in Odhisha, Dahegaon/Makardhokra–IV mine in Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Mining Corp Ltd and Gourangdih ABC block in West Bengal, Patal East in Jharkhand, Penagaddppa mine in Telangana are some of the mines assigned to the companies,” informs Vaikundarjan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the leading sand beach mining companies in the country.

Furthermore, eight coal mines are earmarked for allotment of PSU’s of non-host states for sale of coal. “The allotment agreement for two coal mines, Madanpur South mine in Chhattisgarh and Suliyari mine in Madhya Pradesh, is already underway,” adds Vaikundarajan.

The Centre has identified 16 blocks for allotment to state PSUs as a means to open up the coal sector for commercial mining. These mines are – 5 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Telangana, 2 each in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and 1 each in Odhisha and West Bengal.

“The government intends to double the coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020. With that objective, this move seems to be the right way to go for both the mining companies as well as india’s  mining industry,”concludes Vaikundarajan.

 

Goa Government Lifts Mining Transportation Ban

In a positive move for the mining industry, the Goa government has finally permitted the state mining industry to resume its operation in Goa. “The Goa government had restricted mining operation due to monsoons. With the monsoons behind us, mining industry can resume its operations,” says Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the largest sand beach mining companies in India.

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Mining operations should be in full swing by the start of October. Prasanna Acharya, director of Mines and Geology, issued a statement informing the mining companies of the ban having been lifted.

The transportation of mineral by road was banned in the interest of public safety after some accidents on the main road came to light. On the request of locals, the government decided to ban transportation of minerals till monsoon had rescinded.

“Public safety is of utmost importance. With the lack of mining transportation roads in Goa, the trucks took to main road. A couple of accidents were reported by locals and the government was quick to take an action. Transportation was suspended till monsoon was over. The government also plans to construct a dedicated road for mining transportation,” says Vaikundarajan.

 

 

AAP’s Attacking Jayalalitha & VVM Is An Election Gimmick

AAP’s Attacking Jayalalitha & VVM Is An Election Gimmick

It is no surprise that false allegations are thrown around to gain mileage for the upcoming elections. Just before the elections in the state of Tamil Nadu, old allegations have surfaced with a new twist. It is being said that Jayalalitha has invested her black money in a company owned by S Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India, a sand beach mining company.

The opposition party has shown sign of desperation by pointing fingers at Jayalalitha who is expected to be the winner of 2016 Tamil Nadu elections. VV Minerals and S Vaikundarajan are the favourite talk of the town for the people of Tamil Nadu. It might have seemed easy to link them and fool the common man. But the assumption itself seems preposterous in the first place.

The allegations also suggest that Jayalalitha has been secretly assisting Vaikundarajan in the illegal sand beach mining controversy surrounding VV Minerals. Apparently, the financial links between Vaikundarajan and Jayalalitha have been traced by the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party. Such revelations surfacing just before the elections indicate a lot about the nature of information being given to the common man. AAP has further alleged that Jayalalitha is also involved in the illegal beach mining in the state of Tamil Nadu.

VV Minerals is the largest beach-mining company in India. It specialises in the mining, production and export of Garnet and Ilmenite. The company is booming under the leadership of the young Managing Director, S Vaikundarajan.

VV Minerals Has Operated Within Legal Boundaries, Says Vaikundarajan

National Award winning company VV Minerals has been in operation for over two decades under the leadership of its founder, S Vaikundarajan. The company is the largest producer and exporter of Garnet and Ilmenite in India. However, all these achievements and milestones have been overshadowed by allegations of illegal beach mining against the company.

Ashish Kumar, former district collector of Tuticorin, carried an unsuccessful raid on one of the warehouses of VV Minerals. Following this incident, Kumar was transferred to an undisclosed location. Vaikundarajan was immediately accused of his political influence to forward the transfer. However, it should be noted that Kumar’s previous assignment lasted only 45 days.

Thorium scam has been much talked about in the industry. The company is accused of amassing several wealth by illegally exporting Thorium. The company advocate cleared up the controversy by stating that the industry lack technology to separate Monazite from Ilmenite. The company has also appealed the government to permit setting up of a plant for separating Monazite and Thorium from Ilmenite.

The government has allowed a certain amount of Thorium content in the sand. VV Minerals assured that this amount has never been exceeded. “The company has operated within legal boundaries for over two decades. The allegation is a ploy by the competitors to hamper our reputation,” said Vaikundarajan.