Event cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Next to agriculture, mining is the most important economic activity. Apart from generating economic activity in areas where the minerals occur, mining also provides employment in remote and tribal areas. Mining thus provides backward and forward linkages in the economy more than any other sector in making available raw materials for a vast spectrum of products.
The mining industry is at a cross road where we have to gear up to face the enormous challenge of finding more mineral reserves for the ever increasing demand , wherein we have to move into new areas for exploration and exploitation of minerals simultaneously minimizing impact on the environment and conforming to the regulatory guidelines and standards.
Mineral mining activities are expected to grow to meet the need of rapid industrialization in our country and be carried out with minimum adverse environmental impact. This can only be done through a strong company commitment to environment protection and the regulatory body having a solid understanding of exploration and production operations and how they may affect the environment. The activities on both sides should ideally be complementary to achieve the most cost-effective and environmentally sound approach for energising our economy.
Khanij Gyan Sangam 2020 – One Day Regional Workshop on “Towards Vision 2030 – Development of Hydrocarbon and other Mining Sectors in North East and challenges with prevailing Environment and other Regulations” intends bring together the Environmental regulatory agencies and the premier Oil & Gas/Mining Industries of the North Eastern States, to one platform to interact, discuss, clarify and pave the way forward to collectively foster growth of our country sustainably.
The workshop was organized by the Department of Geology and Mining, Government of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. Oil India Limited was the Host Partner for the workshop and the Knowledge Partners were FICCI, ONGC, HOEC, Cairn Oil and Gas (Vedanta Ltd.) and ABC Techno Labs.
Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Pema Khandu were scheduled to speak and participate in the workshop.
The main objectives of the workshop were:-
To create an understanding of oil & gas, coal and other mining activities to the regulators;
To seek clarifications on Regulatory guidelines which are being interpreted differently by stakeholders;
To generate a mutually agreed note out of the workshop, which will serve as guidelines for future persuasions with the concerned agencies related to Environment/Forest / Wildlife Clearances in the North-Eastern States.