MINING SECTOR CAN ACT AS GAMECHANGER FOR ECONOMY OF PUNJAB GIVEN STATE’S POTENTIAL: NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU
DELEGATION LED BY CABINET SUB-COMMITTEE ON MINING CHAIRMAN VISITS TELANGANA & ANDHRA PRADESH
SIDHU TERMS VISIT TO MINING QUARRIES AS EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL & EYE OPENER, IMPRESSED BY PRESENTATION FROM TELANGANA
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Punjab has immense potential with regard to the mining sector and the implementation of a comprehensive and effective mining policy can act as the game changer for the economy of the state besides ensuring the availability of sand at reasonable prices to the people of state.” The views were expressed by the Chairman of Cabinet sub-committee on mining and the Local Government Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu in a statement here at Hyderabad during a visit to Telangana while leading a delegation to have a first hand knowledge of the successful mining model of Telangana and visiting the mining quarries in that state. Mr. Sidhu further said that after having a look at the Telangana model and given the more number of rivers in Punjab vis-à-vis Telangana, he has become supremely confident that the aspect of mining which is the weakest spot of Punjab can become its strongest support pillar. He also said that the state of Telangana has transformed the sand quarries into goldmines by the dint of its effective and comprehensive policy. He also said that this proposed mining policy for Punjab can act as a boon for the state and his hopes have been buoyed by this visit which has cleared all the misconceptions arising in the sub-committee meetings.
The officers from the mining department and the corporation of Telangana gave a power point presentation and briefed the minister about the successful mining model being operated with tremendous success in the state apart from outlining minutely the methodology of implementing mining policy successfully.
Giving details of the presentation, Mr. Sidhu said that the enormity of the success of mining policy of Telangana can very well be gauged from the fact that during the first 11 days of the financial year 2018-19 Telangana has earned Rs.40.71 crore where as Punjab during the tenure of the previous regime earned Rs. 40 crore in a year but it has the potential to earn more given the more number of rivers that the state has. Besides this, Telangana has sand prices under control to a large extent. He further said that Telangana earned Rs. 10.5 crore in 2014-15 from mining and the income has increased from that level to Rs. 368.33 crore in 2015-16, Rs. 456.45 crore in 2016-17 and Rs. 678.35 crore in 2017-18.