Govt to introduce new schemes to boost mineral sector

ISLAMABAD: In consideration of the mineral potential of each province, the Federal government plans to introduce numerous schemes during the next year, in order to enhance exports and create employment opportunities.

Apart from the ongoing scheme of capacity building and geophysical survey of the sub-surface pre-Cambrian shield rocks, new schemes have also been planned for Punjab, which include the construction of road network to facilitate the coal supply to power plants at Pind-Dadan Khan,District Jhelum.

The province-wise official data has revealed on Friday that the resources potential of the province includes energy minerals, metallic minerals and industrial minerals. The government has introduced other schemes, such as identification of effective strategies to optimize coal production from coal mines in Salt Range/Trans Indus Range (District Jehlum, Chakwal, Khushab and Mianwali), and Rock Salt potential blocks delineation in Salt Range, Punjab.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), 70 percent of the total area–74521 sq km–consists of mountains and rocks. The formation of these rocks contains huge prospects of different metallic/non-metallic minerals and various precious/semi-precious gemstones and other minerals.

It has vast mineral resources, which are currently not being exploited to its full potential. Based on the exploration done so far, some excellent prospects of findings and discovering other valuable deposits exists. The major plans of Minerals Development Department include an establishment of new mines, labour welfare dispensaries and water supply schemes in cluster of mine areas on need basis.

The others are to initiate work on the establishment of recreational centres for mine labours in cluster of mine areas, the continuation of scheme titled `reimbursement of expenditure incurred on medical treatment of mine labours throughout KPK for patients with cancer, tuberculosis, heart diseases, kidney transplantation, medical health and other chronic diseases and the continuation of the award of scholarships to children of mine labour.

Source: APP

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