India's index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in November 2012 dropped by 0.7% compared to that of the preceding month. The mineral sector has shown a negative growth of 5.5% during November 2012 as compared to that of the corresponding month of previous year.The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during November 2012 was Rs. 17004 crore. The contribution of petroleum (crude) was the highest at Rs. 5673 crore (33%). Next in the order of importance were: coal Rs. 5365 crore, iron ore Rs. 2433 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 2024 crore, lignite Rs. 362 crore and limestone Rs. 345 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in November 2012. Production level of important minerals in November 2012 were: coal 462 lakh tonnes, lignite 33 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 3162 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1005 thousand tonnes, chromite 175 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 11 thousand tonnes, gold 137 kg., iron ore 98 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 17 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 179 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 135 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 134 thousand tonnes, dolomite 402 thousand tonnes, limestone 223 lakh tonnes, magnesite 18 thousand tonnes and diamond 2061 carat. In November 2012 the output of lead conc. increased by 14.3%, manganese ore 13.1%, coal 4.0%, zinc conc.2.8%, gold 2.2%, magnesite 0.2 percent. However the production of chromite decreased by 0.1%, limestone 0.7%, lignite 1.1%, petroleum (crude) 3.0%, natural gas (utilized) 5.0%, iron ore 5.7%, copper conc. 7.3%, dolomite 11.4%, apatite & phosphorite 11.6%, diamond 17.6% and bauxite 23.1 percent.
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