The country’s mineral production rose 2.6 percent in December 2021 from the corresponding month of last year, as the mineral production index of the mining and quarrying sector was 120.3 in the reporting period.
According to preliminary statistics from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), there was a cumulative growth of 16 percent in the April-December 2021-22 period compared to the same period a year ago.
Data released by the Ministry of Mines shows that the production level of key minerals in December 2021 includes coal 748 lakh tons, lignite 39 lakh tons, natural gas (used) 2,814 million cubic meters and petroleum (crude) 25 lakh tons.
Production of key minerals that showed year-over-year growth in December 2021 includes magnesite (73.2 percent), gold (71.0 percent), bauxite (27.1 percent) and lignite (21.4 percent ).
The production of other important minerals with negative growth is: petroleum (crude) (-1.8 percent), zinc conc (-4.3 percent), iron ore (-6.2 percent) and diamond (-97.6 percent) , the data further revealed.