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Consider the following statements:
1. In India, State Governments do not have the power to auction non-coal mines.
2. Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand do not have gold mines.
3. Rajasthan has iron ore mines.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 3 only



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Statement 1 is incorrect. State Governments in India do have the power to auction non-coal mines. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015 empowers State Governments to grant mining leases for non-coal minerals through a transparent auction process.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Both Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand have gold mines. Andhra Pradesh is known for its Kolar Gold Fields, and Jharkhand has gold mines in regions like Singhbhum.

Statement 3 is correct. Rajasthan is known for its vast reserves of iron ore. The state has several iron ore mines, including the famous Bailadila mines in the Dantewada district.


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