i3ms (Integrated Mines & Minerals Management System)
Department of Steel & Mines
Benefits Realized by the Client
The Background Information
There are approximately 200 Laws in the country with provisions relating to the Mining, Environment, etc. Permissions for mining, adherence to laws, royalty collection etc. was restricted to a particular Circle. Regulators at these levels were severely limited by the lack of adequate and usable information/data on several aspects pertaining to mining operations. Whatever details were present were located in various offices of the State, causing overwork to the officers. Due to this unavailability of data, there was no transparency in issuing Transit Passes and Permits. Therefore it was impossible to monitor dispatched quantity of ore vis-à-vis the produced quantity of ore for months together.
This situation of checking the ore at all the check points which are diversely located poses a problem for data collection and assimilation. Because of this lack of data, various decision level problems arise namely:
The need of the hour was an end to end accountability of the Mineral Movement by plugging in new rules on the Lessee & Licensee. IT was required to open all transactions of Minerals from Mines to the citizen for transparency. Also a standard operating procedure for all Government officers concerned with Mineral of the State was required to avoid delay & favoritism. All this was met with the inclusion of IT.
Through this project, the objective was to check and prevent the siphoning of minerals into wrong hands and enhance the tax collecting process of the state. This required automation of the manual process for collecting taxes.
The CSM Solution
A web based application was developed by which the Transit Permit & Transit Pass is applied and issued online. The Lessee can only transport the permitted quantity of Mineral. The Weighbridge operator and check gate operator update each and every transaction. The system re-consolidates the transaction and generates different kind of MIS report, which helps the Directorate of Mines to take intelligent decisions while collecting taxes. For this kind of application Internet connectivity posed to be a major problem in the hilly terrains of the mining areas. Therefore, CUG towers were set up and 24 hrs connectivity was established. Routes were modified to minimize the possibilities of misuse of ore and maximize the cross-check opportunities.