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Role and Organisation of the Ministry of Mines


The Ministry of Mines is responsible for survey and exploration of all minerals, other than natural gas, petroleum and atomic minerals; for mining and metallurgy of non-ferrous metals like aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, gold, nickel etc. and for administration of the Mines and Minerals ( Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 in respect of all mines and minerals other than coal, natural gas, petroleum and atomic minerals.

Organisational Structure

Headed by the Secretary, the Ministry of Mines comprises an Additional Secretary, an Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, who is common for the Department of Steel and Ministry of Mines, two Joint Secretaries, one Adviser (S&T), five Directors, three Deputy Secretaries, one Senior Principal Private Secretary, five Under Secretaries, one Deputy Director (Official Language), one Principal Private Secretary, fifteen Section Officers, seven Private Secretaries, one Junior Scientific Officer and one Assistant Director (Official Language). Besides this, the Ministry has a technical wing comprising one Industrial Adviser, one Additional Industrial Adviser, two Development Officers and two Additional Development Officers. The total number of sanctioned posts for the Secretariat of the Ministry of Mines is 51 Gazetted and 198 Non-Gazetted posts. In addition, there is a Chief Controller of Accounts assisted by a Pay and Accounts Officer and 35 Non-Gazetted staff in the Pay & Accounts Office.

Subjects Allocated to the Ministry of Mines

1.1 (i) Legislation for regulation of mines and development of minerals within the territory of India, including mines and minerals underlying the ocean within the territorial waters or the continental shelf, or the Exclusive Economic Zone and other Maritime Zones of India as may be specified from time to time by or under any law made by the Parliament.

(ii) Regulation of mines and development of minerals other than coal, lignite and sand for stowing and any mineral declared as prescribed substances for the purposes of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 (33 of 1962) under the control of the Union as declared by law, including questions concerning regulation and development of minerals in various states and the matter connected therewith or incidental thereto.

1.2 All other metals and minerals not specifically allotted to any other Ministry/Department such as aluminium, zinc, copper, gold, diamond, lead and nickel.

1.3 Planning, development and control of and assistance to all industries dealt with by the Ministry.

Subordinate offices

Public Sector Undertakings

Research Institutions

Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre, Nagpur.
National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Kolar.
National Institute of Miners' Health, Kolar.


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