THE Sagaing Region government has granted permits to small-scale jade miners to operate 104 jade mining blocks in Khamti Township, according to U Zaw Zaw, Deputy Commissioner of the District General Administration Department.
He said authorities also granted 92 applicants to operate jade mining businesses within those jade blocks through a competitive tender system on 10 July. The floor price is Ks500,000 per block. The department will report the list of tender winners to the regional government.
U Thein Hlaing Win, a parliamentarian from Khamti Constituency, said authorities want more residents to apply for jade mining permits, noting that the government organises the distribution of permits in the interest of the residents. However, the number of residents who applied for permits remains low, which could result in a decline in jade mining.
Tender winners will have legal permission to excavate jade and gems for one year. Authorities will announce the date for the launch of the mining businesses only after receiving permission from the regional government.
For the time being, authorities are still drafting rules for small-scale jade and gems mining in other regions and states.
Khine Hsat Wai