Meeting on sustainable mining held

ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Ways to mobilize resources, ensure sustainable development and maximize revenue were discussed during a review meeting on sustainable mining organised by the geology & mining (G&M) department here on Monday.
G&M Minister Kamlung Mossang reviewed the department’s revenue generation in the last five years, and impressed upon the revenue enforcement officer the need to make extra effort to generate additional revenue for the state exchequer.
In reply to queries from the assistant mineral development officers (AMDO) regarding strengthening manpower and infrastructure, seizure power against illegal trading of mineral resources,etc, the minister said a comprehensive plan and policy of the department, with special mention of resources mobilization and additional generation of revenue, “will be taken up with the chief minister.”
Earlier, G&M Director T Talar highlighted the key issues related to opportunities and challenges in the mining sector, and Geological Survey of India (GSI) Itanagar Deputy Director General TL Shitiri made a presentation on the geology of Arunachal Pradesh, and emphasized on properly harnessing the state’s rich mineral resources.
Shitiri informed that survey and mapping of other variable minerals in the border areas with the neighboring country “is under active consideration.”
Mossang and APMDTCL Chairperson Dasanglu Pul released the Mining Plan, which is mandatory for carrying out quarry operations. The minister also released scientific equipments for monitoring mining activities and survey investigation of mineral resources.
On Tuesday, all the AMDOs were taken to the GSI NE region here to study geological field activities.
The G&M department earned revenues to the tune of Rs 997.74 crore and Rs 41.81 crore during the 2017-’18 financial year.