The Noamundi Iron Mine of Tata Steel has been accorded 5-Star rating for sustainable development for the year 2020-21. This is for the fourth time in a row that Noamundi Mine has received this honour. The mine was accorded 5-Star rating in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The award was given during the 6th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals, organised by the Union Mines Ministry on 12 July 2022 in New Delhi as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav iconic week celebrations.Tata Steel`s operating philosophy is deep-rooted in its principles of zero harm, resource efficiency, circular economy, minimising its ecological footprint, and care for the community and workforce. Sustainable mining plays a key role in the ecological restoration in and around mining and mined-out areas. From development of abandoned areas through afforestation to reclamation of mined-out areas, each step is meticulously thought off and implemented at Tata Steel. With sustainability as a cornerstone of its operations, Noamundi Mine has taken several initiatives in and around the region with respect to energy conservation and reducing carbon footprint including rainwater harvesting, plantation in and around Noamundi, setting up of 3 MW Solar Power Plant to reduce the carbon footprint and generate power in a sustainable manner, to name a few. Moreover, it has been a front runner in recruiting 22 women Heavy Earth Moving Machinery operators in 2019 and has the credit of being the first mine in India to deploy women in all shifts.The Ministry of Mines had launched the scheme of ‘Star Rating of Mines’ for awarding the mining lease owners in 2016 for their efforts and initiatives for implementation of the Sustainable Development Framework.