Authority issues 1,501 mining permits as of last month

File photo of Tin mine in Man Maw at ethnic Wa territory in northeast Myanmar in October 2016. Photo: Reuters

THE Department of Mines issued a total of 1,501 mineral prospecting, exploration and production permits to mining companies as of last month to run mining businesses in states and regions as well as the capital Nay Pyi Taw, according to the ministry.
The department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation permitted 150 large-scale mineral production licenses, 915 small-scale mineral production licenses, 35 subsistence mining licenses and five small-scale processing licenses till the end of 31 March of this year.
Mandalay Region tops the chart with about 400 mining licenses for minerals including gold, followed by Sagaing Region with 280, southern Shan State with 172, Kachin State with 137, and Taninthayi Region and eastern Shan State with 108 each.
The permission for small-scale mining firms include exploration and production of gold, copper, lead, marble, antimony, limestone and coal.
According to the Myanmar Mine Rules, no persons under the age of 18 shall be employed to work in a mine unless he is in possession of a certificate issued by the relevant health department certifying his fitness for the appointment.—Shwe Khine

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