Minister for eco friendly extraction of gypsum to boost employment in hilly areas

SRINAGAR: The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga visited Parlanka in Ramban for inaugurating mining operation of gypsum, calling upon officials to take measures for smooth extraction of this mineral, proper dumping besides weighing of mineral at mine site.
Calling it a white gold of the hilly area, the minister said that this project would proved employment in the state and give boost to the industrial sector in the state.
He appreciated the efforts of JK Minerals and SICOP for putting in sincere efforts to make the project functional after constructing the link road from Dharam Kund to the Parlanka, excavation site of the Gypsum.
While responding to the demand presented by the locals, the minister asked Director JK Minerals for providing employment opportunities to one person of all families residing there.
He congratulating the labourers on World labour day, and assured enhancing their wages with medical insurance cover after linking it with various schemes of the State and Centre. He also stressed on proper rehabilitation of the land owners whose land is expected to be completely submerged due to excavation of gypsum and rising level of water by Sawalkote Hydel Project.
Pointing to the role of contractors, the minister said that machinery and equipments should be used in a proper way keeping in view safety of mining operations and local environment. The minister further emphasized for taking necessary precautions as already approved in mining plan to ensure the safety of men, material and ecology in the mining area
Elaborating on the expansion of industrial sector, the Minister said that various initiatives have already been taken by the State Government to boost the industrial growth in all the districts pushing them towards holistic development of under developed regions and prosperity of local people.
Earlier, Managing Director JK Minerals, informed that at Parlanka alone out of total 10.16 million tones Geological Proved reserves, 5 million tones are mineable.
Further, it was informed that the entire mining area has been divided into four sectors- Parlanka, Teli Parlanka, Chinjar Teli and Thalwa Chinjar all potentially designed to produce 120000 tonnes of gypsum per annum in which Parlanka sector alone carries a life span of around 41 years at the envisaged level of production.
The Minister was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz and Senior Superintendent of Police Ramban.
Among others present on the occasion were Managing Director JK Minerals Abid Suhail, MD JK cements Atul Sharma, Director Geology and Mining F.A. Khan and other officers were present .