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Reports on 152 mineral blocks handed over to state govts so far: Mines ministry Mineral Blocks
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Reports on 152 mineral blocks handed over to state govts so far: Mines ministry

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Nov 2021, 12:06 am

New Delhi/IBNS: The Ministry of Mines has handed over 152 mineral block reports to different state governments so far this year as part of the government's initiative to tap the vast mineral resources of the country, an official statement said.

As many as 52 potential G-4 mineral blocks approved by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) were handed over to 15 state governments on Tuesday in New Delhi during the national conclave on Mines and Minerals by the Union Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi, the statement said.

The states which received the mineral block reports include Madhya Pradesh (eight), Chhattisgarh (six), Karnataka (seven), Maharashtra (six), Odisha (five), Rajasthan (five), Jharkhand (five), Gujarat (two), Tamil Nadu (two) and Telangana (one), the statement said.

They also include Bihar (one), Assam (one), Arunachal Pradesh (one), Andhra Pradesh (one) and Himachal Pradesh (one), it added.

The mineral potential identified by GSI includes ferrous group of minerals, precious metals and minerals, non-ferrous and strategic minerals, industrial and fertilizer minerals.

The G-4 stage blocks are governed by the results of reconnaissance survey and support the mineral industry for the development of bulk minerals, strategic and critical minerals, noble metals for overall participation by the stakeholders.

A special focus was given to bringing out potash and phosphorite blocks for the exploration and production of fertilizer minerals to support the agrarian economy of the country.

In September this year, 100 potential mineral block reports have been handed over to different state governments by the Ministry of Mines. 
Mineral mining paves the way for rapid industrialization and facilitates fast-paced infrastructural development. A sustainable mineral mining sector is needed to make India a five trillion dollar economy, the statement said. 

To build a competitive and thriving mining sector, the Centre has undertaken several innovative reforms during the last seven years, it added.