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     New Delhi, January 17, 2024: The overall mineral production in India has increased by 6.8 per cent in November 2023, whereas the cumulative growth for April- November 2023-2024 went up to 9.1 per cent.

      Production of 15 important minerals has also shot up in November, official sources said.

     The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of November, 2023 (Base: 2011-12=100) at 131.1, is 6.8 per cent higher as compared to the level in the month of November, 2022.

     As per the provisional statistics of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), the cumulative growth for the period April-November, 2023-24 over the corresponding period of previous year is 9.1 per cent.

      Production level of important minerals in November, 2023 were: Coal 845 lakh tonne, Lignite 33 lakh tonne, Natural gas (utilized) 2991 million cu. m., Petroleum (crude) 24 lakh tonne, Bauxite 2174 thousand tonne, Chromite 135 thousand tonne, Copper conc. 9 thousand tonne , Gold 85 kg, Iron ore 250 lakh tonne, Lead conc. 29 thousand tonne, Manganese ore 287 thousand tonne, Zinc conc. 136 thousand tonne, Limestone 352 lakh tonne, Phosphorite 101 thousand tonne, and Magnesite 98 thousand tonne, Union Ministry of Mines sources said.

     Important minerals showing positive growth during November, 2023 over November, 2022 include: Magnesite (14.1%), Coal (11%), Iron Ore (8%), Natural gas (U) (7.6%), Limestone (6.5%), Manganese Ore (4.7%), Lignite (2%) and Zinc Conc. (1.7%).

     Other important minerals showing negative growth include: Petroleum (crude) (-0.4%), Bauxite (-2.4%), Lead Conc. (-4.6%), Copper Conc. (-5.3%), Gold (-35.6%), Chromite (-44.6%), Phosphorite (-50.7%) and Diamond (-92.9%).

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