The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of May 2017 stood at 100.5, was 0.9% lower as compared to the level in the month of May 2016. The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during May 2017 was Rs 19,944 crore. The contribution of Coal was the highest at Rs 7,171 crore (36%). Next in the order of importance were: Petroleum (crude) Rs 5,634 crore, Iron ore Rs 2,551 crore, Natural gas (utilized) Rs 2,235 crore, Limestone Rs 602 crore and Lignite Rs 470 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 94% of the total value of mineral production in May 2017.
Production level of important minerals in May 2017 were: Coal 505 lakh tonnes (LT), Lignite 30 LT, Natural gas (utilized) 2701 million cu. m., Petroleum (crude) 31 LT, Bauxite 1973 thousand tonnes (TT), Chromite 254 TT, Copper conc. 11 TT, Gold 117 kg., Iron ore 160 LT, Lead conc. 26 TT, Manganese ore 237 TT, Zinc conc. 123 TT, Apatite & Phosphorite 50 TT, Limestone 282 LT, Magnesite 20 TT and Diamond 1648 carat.
Further, the production of important minerals showing positive growth during May 2017 over May 2016 include -- Zinc conc. (96.9%), Copper conc. (52.0%), Lead conc. (47.4%), Gold (25.8%), Manganese ore (19.6%), Limestone (5.6%), Natural gas (utilized) (5.2%), Petroleum (crude) (0.7%) and Chromite (0.6%). The production of other important minerals showing negative growth are Diamond (-)47.4%, Magnesite (-)31.8%, Bauxite (-)22.4%], Apatite & Phosphorite (-) 10.4%, Lignite (-) 6.3%, Iron ore (-)4.5% and Coal (-)3.2%.