India’s mineral production index rose 2.1 percent in January

India’s mineral production index rose 1.2 percent in January 2016 against the same month last, a government statement said.

The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of January 2016 at 138.4 points, as per the data released by the Ministry of Mines.

The statement said that the cumulative growth for the first 10 months of the current fiscal over the corresponding period of previous year was 2.1 percent.

The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) during January 2016 was Rs. 20,316 crore, led by coal with a highest contribution of Rs. 9,076 crore (45 percent).

Next in the order of value were: petroleum (crude) Rs. 5,522 crore, natural gas (utilised) Rs. 1,970 crore, iron ore Rs. 1,841 crore, lignite Rs. 593 crore and limestone Rs. 533 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 96 percent of the total value of mineral production in January 2016.

Production level of important minerals in January 2016 were: coal 629 lakh tonnes, lignite 43 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) 2382 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 30 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1946 thousand tonnes, chromite 313 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 12 thousand tonnes, gold 103 kg., iron ore 142 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 20 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 194 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 90 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 71 thousand tonnes, limestone 271 lakh tonnes, magnesite 21 thousand tonnes and diamond 2784 carat.

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