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     New Delhi, February 22, 2024: As per the provisional statistics of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) Mineral production in India grew by 5.1 per cent in December 2023 whereas important minerals indicated a positive growth, official sources said today.
     The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of December, 2023 (Base: 2011-12=100) at 139.4 is 5.1 per cent higher as compared to the level in the month of December, 2022, they said.

     As per the provisional statistics of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), the cumulative growth for the period April- December, 2023-24 over the corresponding period of previous year is 8.5 per cent, Mines Ministry sources said.

     Production level of important minerals in December, 2023 were Coal 929 lakh, Lignite 40 lakh, Petroleum (crude) 25 lakh, Iron ore 255 lakh, Limestone 372 lakh tons each.

      Natural gas (utilized) 3078 million cu. m., Bauxite 2429 thousand, Chromite 235 thousand, Copper conc. 11 thousand, Lead conc. 35 thousand, Manganese ore 319 thousand, Zinc conc. 148 thousand, Phosphorite 117 thousand, Magnesite 16 thousand tonnes each and Gold 122 kg, the sources said.

     Important minerals showing positive growth during December, 2023 over December, 2022 include, Magnesite (83.7%), Lead Conc.(16.5%), Lignite(14.6%), Copper Conc.(13.7%), Limestone(12.5%),  Coal (10.8%), Zinc Conc.(7.8%), Bauxite (6.6%), Natural gas (U) (6.6%), Manganese Ore (4.0%) and Iron Ore (1.3%).

     Other important minerals showing negative growth include Petroleum (crude) (-1.0%), Gold (-29.9%), Chromite (-30.8%), Phosphorite (-31.2%) and Diamond (-74.4%), they added.

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