Public sector mining majors to make heavy investments in MP

BHOPAL : Big companies namely Steel Authority of India Limited, National Mining Development Corporation, Hindustan Copper Limited, NALCO, Maol Limited would invest crores of rupees in the state. A meeting between Union minister for steel, mining, labour and employment Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan was held here on investment possibilities and other issues at Mantralaya on Wednesday.

After reviewing the employment scenario in the state, it was decided that a model ITI would be established in the state. Out of 12 advanced training institutes to be set up across the country, one would be set up in Madhya Pradesh. Chauhan said the state government would provide land about it.

Tomar said ITIs would be opened in 134 blocks and courses which are in demand of industries would be run. Model Career Centres would also be set up for the welfare of youths.

The issues related to mining development and mining were discussed in detail. Chief Minister said the state government is committed to maintain full transparency in mining development and mining. To know the actual quantity of mining resources in the state, Geological survey would be done by National Mining Development Corporation. A pact between the state government, NMDC and Geological Survey of India would be done about it. Chief Minister also proposed to establish iron ore plant in Chhatarpur. SAIL is going to set up a steel plant costing Rs 12,000 crore on 1,500 acre land, which would generate employment.

NMDC, seeing the availability of 10 million carat diamond in Panna, gave proposal of mining. It was informed that scientific evidence has been found about diamonds deposits in Tikamgarh. The mining would not affect Tiger Reserve and latest technology would used.

Hindustan Copper Limited sought permission for mining of copper in Malanjkhand of Balaghat. Chief Minister said Hindustan Copper would be provided facility of ware housing.

Manganese Ore India expressed its wish to invest Rs 200 crore in solar energy sector. National Aluminium Company proposed to set up units of wind energy and solar energy through PPP mode.

Tomar said Employee Provident Fund (EPF) Organisation would provide fund for 300 bedded hospital in Indore and new hospital in Peethampur. In Budhni, a dispensary for workers would be set up.

Mining secretary, Govt. of India, Dr Anup Pujari, senior officials of various companies, chief secretary Antony De Sa, additional chief secretary, finance, Ajay Nath and top level officials were present.

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