Pakistan possesses a wide variety of mineral resources. Punjab is the 2nd largest province (area-wise) and has vast mineral potential in areas including coal, salt, iron ore, limestone, gypsum, and fire clay etc. The mineral wealth of Pakistan contributes 3% to the national GDP and the sector has experienced an overall growth of 6.8 % in fiscal year 2016 showing an improvement of 2.8% on the growth in the same period in 2015.
This is an organization for promotion of minerals in Punjab Province. It was functioning under the Directorate of Industries & Mineral Development Department since 1964. The independent Department of Mines & Minerals was created in 2002 by the implementation of National Mineral Policy. It is to mention that National Mineral Policy 1995 acts as a guideline for formulating the present polices of the Provincial Department of Mines & Minerals.
• Minerals play an important role in the economic development of Pakistan. The mineral investments made in the year 2020-21 are not only economically positive but also bring a lot of benefits to the miners working in them. During this period, the royalty record received Rs 10.19 billion.
• The ban on cement leases for investment in the cement sector has been lifted
• Approved 21 licenses for development and industrialization in the salt sector. In addition, bids of more than Rs 2 billion were received for salt in Khushab
• Timelines have been set for payment of mineral leases.
• The ban on coal leases for development and investment in the coal sector has been lifted and more than 30 areas have been donated through formation and auction.
• The Department of Minerals has developed the Mineral Cadastre Portal to bring transparency in the granting of mineral benefits.
• An annual stipend of Rs 85 million was given to the children of 5600 miners.
• 6 Rs. 6000 per month has been fixed for disabled miners. In addition, hospitals, schools and water facilities for miners were rebuilt.
• Labour Management Information System has been launched and group insurance of 3098 employees has been issued and “Justice Health Card” has been issued to 20959 workers.
• A 10-bed hospital was set up in Mianwali district at a cost of Rs 140.616 million
• 3 water supply schemes have been set up in remote mining areas (Basti Dahar DG Khan, Makarwal, Mianwali District, Choa Asidan Shah, Chakwal District).
• Dispensaries and health units were set up in DG Khan and Chakwal districts at a cost of Rs 8.8 and 8.465 billion respectively.
• X-ray machines and blood samples were also provided in the hospitals.
• A 4-bed gynaecological ward was constructed in Khoshab.
• Training courses have been organized for 45 mine workers in which 3093 mine workers have been trained.
• International Women’s Day “Women in Mining Conference” was held to improve the role of women in mining.
• 500 500 saplings were planted across the province under Monsoon Tree Planting Campaign 2021. All these development projects have had a positive impact on the economy of the country and the nation.