Future economy of M.P. will be mineral based – C.M. Shri Kamal Nath
5th September 2019
Time-bound Exploration Plan Is Must Bhopal, September 5, 2019 (Ataullah Faizan): The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath has said that mineral based economy will be the future economy for Madhya Pradesh as it has the richest reserve of precious and rare minerals. He said that speedier exploration of minerals will be in the public interest as it would contribute to the development of the state. The Chief Minister was having dialogues with the senior officials of the Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited, a Mini Ratna Company of the Government of India at the Mantralaya here today. He asked them to make Madhya Pradesh their priority state. The Chief Minister said that apart from coal and limestone, the State has many valuable minerals which can play an important role in shaping the future economy as they are unexploited. Shri Kamal Nath stressed on starting preparations for mining immediately using valuable information resource available with the Geological Survey of India. The MECL has the capability and expertise to utilise it. He asked them to fix timeframe for exploration of minerals. The state government will give full cooperation. Focus on mining of precious minerals like manganese, bauxite, graphite, iron ore and radium, vanadium, about which information of deposit is available. He said that precious deposits of these minerals are available in Bundelkhand, Mahakaushal and western part. The Chief Minister stressed the need for formulating a separate mining policy for each mineral. He said that the policy prescribed for the coal mining cannot apply to that of diamonds or manganese. Minister of Minerals Shri Pradeep Jaiswal, Chief Secretary Shri S.R. Mohanty, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Ashok Varnwal, Principal Secretary Industries Dr. Rajesh Rajaura, Principal Secretary Minerals Shri Neeraj Mandloi and Chairman and Chief General Manager of MECL Dr. Ranjit Rath were present.