New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea by lobby group Federation of Indian Mineral Industries, which challenged the retrospective levy of royalty for its social impacts fund.

Through the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015, the government introduced a royalty for miners to aid sustainable development in mining activities. This contribution would be collected at the District Mineral Foundation.

Subsequently, in September, the government notified a rate of 10% royalty for new miners and 30% royalty for existing miners. However, the levy was to begin from 12 January.

FIMI claimed while it was ready to make future payments, it was not valid for the government to introduce a retrospective royalty in this manner.

A bench comprising justices Anil R. Dave and A.K. Goel asked FIMI to approach the Delhi high court. It said it was sure the high court would consider FIMI’s plea.

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