Bureau of Mines: Latest Data on its Performance

Bureau of Mines Achievements in 2016-17
For promotion of conservation and scientific development of mineral resources and ensuring protection of mines environment in mining areas, IBM carried out 864 Inspection of mines for enforcement of provision of MCDR, 1988 and examination of MP/MS, disposed 50 Mining Plans, 200 Schemes of Mining and 13 Final Mine Closure Plans. IBM issued detailed guidelines for disposal of mining Plan on 22.7.2016.
For up gradation and utilization of low grade and sub-grade ores and minerals, IBM carried out 26 Ore dressing investigations, 19951 Chemical Analysis and 1487 Mineralogical studies.
Updation of National Mineral Inventory as on 1.4.2015 is in progress, so far inventories for 31 minerals have been finalized.
For dissemination of data on mines and minerals, 13 Statistical and technical publications have been released.
Mineral Sector Performance 2016-17
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic minerals) during 2016-17 has been estimated at ` 257882 crores, which shows a decrease of about 6.78% over that of the previous year.  During 2016-17, estimated value for fuel minerals account for Rs. 178953 crores or 69.39%, metallic minerals, Rs. 29163 crores or 11.31% of the total value and non-metallic minerals including minor minerals Rs. 49767 crores or 19.30% of the total value.
The Gross Value Added (GVA) accrued from mining and quarrying sector at 2011-12 prices for the first quarters of 2016-17 is estimated at Rs. 86091 crore, indicated a decrease of about 0.4% over that in the same period of previous year.  Similarly, the advance estimates of GVA (at current prices) for the first quarter of the year 2016-17 is estimated at Rs. 97614 crore.  The mining and quarrying sector contributed to GVA accounted for about 3.0 % for the first quarters of the year 2016-17.
 Project “Sudoor Drishti” with National Remote Sensing Centre
Bureau of Mines has entered into a MOU for project named “Sudoor Drishti” on 21st January, 2016, with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Department of Space, Government of India for monitoring of Mining activity through satellite under the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’.
The project would facilitate to monitor periodic changes of the mining areas within the mining lease boundary.  As per the MOU, NRSC is imparting training to the IBM officials, on the developed methodology towards processing and interpretation of satellite data, so that the activity can be taken forward by IBM independently after the pilot study.  NRSC is also providing technical guidance for IBM in creating a remote sensing laboratory at IBM, Hyderabad. As a part of Pilot Project in Tandur area, Andhra Pradesh, volume changes in a cluster of mines (6) have been studied for 2007-2015 period and overall volume change of +10 to 11% has been observed.
Opening of new Regional Offices of Bureau of Mines in mineral rich states
Ministry of Mines, Government of India has approved opening of new regional offices of Bureau of Mines in the States of Chhattisgarh and Gujarat and upgradation of Sub-Regional Office at Guwahati, Assam.
Raipur Regional Office is effective from 1st April, 2016 and Gandhinagar Office is opening shortly and the Guwahati sub-regional office is being upgraded. This has facilitated better co-ordination with State DGM and synergy between Central and State Governments in most of the mineral rich states for better accessibility to the industry for ease of doing business.