CGPB Meeting To Increase Mineral Exploration

  • The 63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting was held.
  • In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Held under the Chairmanship of V.L. Kantha Rao, Secretary, and Ministry of Mines.

Current GSI Status:

  • GSI has formulated about 1055 scientific programs for 2024-25, which includes 392 Mineral Development projects.
  • 133 projects with mineral bias or Mineral Discovery Projects for future exploration.
  • Major thrust has been given to strategic & critical and fertilizer minerals. 
  • 188 projects on these include REE, RM, Graphite, Lithium, Vanadium, PGE etc.
  • 111 projects under Natural Hazard Studies/Public Good Geoscience have societal benefits.
  • 25 programmes are taken on State request/Disaster Management Authorities covering Natural Hazards.
  • 43 programmes are in collaboration with universities/agencies / under the sponsorship of different authorities like IITs, NGRI, DRDO, NRSC-ISRO, University of Hyderabad, ASI, CGWB Ministry of Jal Shakti, SJVNL, NWDA, Indian Railways, and BRO State Irrigation Departments etc.

Other Developments:

  • Report on Geological & Geotechnical investigation of Joshimath Township, Chamoli District, Uttarakhand was handed over to Uttarakhand Govt.
  • Mineral Map of the newly carved UT of Ladakh was released.
  • A brief discussion on the recently launched National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) portal.

Mining and Beyond Exhibition:

  • GSI, DMFs, private exploration agencies, start-ups, Madhya Pradesh Government participated.
  • Manganese Ore India Ltd. (MOIL), Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL), National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), and Mineral Exploration Consultancy Ltd. (MECL) participated.
  • HCL, HZL, Hindalco BALCO and Tata Steel also participated.
  • Students of engineering colleges of Bhopal visited.

About CGPB:

  • The Central Geological Programming Board is a platform of the GSI, 
  • Under the Annual Field Season Program (FSP) of GSI is placed for discussion.
  • Members of CGPB, State Governments, Central/ State Government Mineral Exploration Agencies, PSUs and Private Entrepreneurs place their requests for collaborative work with GSI.
  • Based on priorities set by the Government of India survey & mapping, exploration, Research and Development, multidisciplinary catering to societal projects and training & capacity-building programmes and discussed.
  • The main objective is to enable States and other Stakeholders to benefit from wider participation and interact with GSI to avoid duplication.

About GSI:

  • Geological Survey of India was set up in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways.
  • Over the years, it grew into a repository of geo-science information.
  • It has also attained the status of a geo-scientific organisation of international repute. 
  • Its main functions are to create and update national geoscientific information and assess mineral resources.
  • They are achieved through ground surveys, air-borne and marine surveys, mineral prospecting and investigations, multi-disciplinary geoscientific, geo-technical, geo-environmental and natural hazards studies, glaciology, seismo-tectonic study and fundamental research.
  • It focuses on policy-making decisions and commercial and socio-economic needs. 
  • It engages in systematic documentation of all geological processes both surface and subsurface, of India and its offshore areas.
  • It is headquartered in Kolkata.
  • It has six regional offices located in Luck now, Jaipur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Shillong and Kolkata and state unit offices in almost all states of the country.
  • It is an attached office under the Ministry of Mines.
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