The States those received the mineral block reports include Madhya Pradesh (8), Chattisgarh (6), Karnataka (7), Maharashtra (6), Odisha (5), Rajasthan (5), Jharkhand (5), Gujarat (2), Tamil Nadu (2), Telangana (1), Bihar (1), Assam (1), Arunachal Pradesh (1), Andhra Pradesh (1) and Himachal Pradesh (1). The mineral potential identified by GSI includes a ferrous group of minerals, precious metals & minerals, non-ferrous & strategic minerals, industrial & fertilizer minerals.
The G-4 stage blocks are governed by the results of the reconnaissance survey and support the mineral industry for the development of bulk minerals, strategic and critical minerals, noble metals for overall participation by the stakeholders. Special focus was given to bringing out potash and phosphorite blocks for the exploration and production of fertilizer minerals to support the agrarian economy of the country.
In September this year, 100 potential mineral block reports have been handed over to different State Governments by the Ministry of Mines. Mineral mining paves the way for rapid industrialization and facilitates fast-paced infrastructural development. A sustainable mineral mining sector is needed to make India a five trillion dollar economy. To build a competitive and thriving mining sector, the Centre has undertaken several innovative reforms during the last seven years.