The Union Cabinet chaired by chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the restructuring of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) by upgradation, creation and abolition of certain posts of Joint Secretary-level and above. The total cadre strength of the IBM has been maintained at the existing strength of 1477. The purpose is to enable the bureau to effectively discharge its function of reforming and transforming the regulation of the mineral sector.
The important thing to note here is that this proposal will create direct employment opportunities for technical personnel who will be responsible for their significant contribution in the rapid development of the mineral sector. As of now, the approved restructuring consists of a single post of Chief Controller of Mines in Level 15 and three posts of Controller of Mines in Level 14. A total of 11 posts have been upgraded including a single post of Controller General from Level 15 to 16, two posts each of Chief Controller of Mines and Director (Ore-Dressing) from Level 14 to 15 and eight posts (five posts of Controller of Mines, one each of Chief Mineral Economist, Chief Ore-Dressing Officer and Chief Mining Geologist) in the existing Level of 13A to 14. The post of Deputy Director General (Statistics) given to an officer of the Indian Statistical Service in Level 14 of the pay matrix has been abolished.
The IBM was set up by the Government of India to help in formulation of policy and legal framework for mining sector and advising Central and State Governments on development and utilization of mineral resources. The restructuring of IBM was essential to enable it organisationally to take up the responsibilities entrusted in the role with the recent changes in the policy and legislations, revised charter of function of IBM and the new activities and initiatives undertaken by IBM. The relocation of offices of the IBM has already been effected for carrying out the responsibilities given to the IBM. New Regional Offices at Raipur and Gandhinagar have been opened and the sub-regional office at Guwahati has been upgraded to Regional office. The existing Regional Offices at Kolkata and Udaipur have been upgraded to the Zonal office (East) and Zonal Office (North).