Peshawar : Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mineral Development Department in collaboration with the World Bank and Industries Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday held two days Mineral Orientation Conference at Peshawar. The purpose of conference was to introduce the mechanized mining and latest technology as alternate of outdated explosive technology being used in mines and mineral sector.
Provincial Minister for Mineral Development, Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli was the chief guest on the occasion. Beside others, Secretary Mineral Department Dr. Attaur Rehman, Director Planning Syed Bilal Ahmad, Deputy General Manager Pakistan Stone Development Company, Taufique Ahmad, representatives of competitive industries project, the World Bank and SMEDA also attended the conference.
On this occasion, the representatives of PASDRE, SMEDA and competitive Industries project arranged presentations regarding the subject and informed participants about the available potential of modern machineries and skilled persons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that can be used for the development of mineral sector.
Provincial Minister Anisa Zeb while addressing the inaugural session of the conference appreciated the department on the holding of such important session and termed it as the need of hour. She made it clear that after the 18th Amendment the mineral department came under the provincial government. But unfortunately, scientific planning for its development has never been done.
That was why we could not utilize our mineral resources properly which was an injustice with our coming generation. She also stated that old method of processing, use of explosive technology and improper blasting should be discouraged to save the mineral resources.
While talking about the mineral policy of provincial government, she said the government fully committed to revive the mineral sector in accordance with the requirements of modern era and the historical initiatives had also been taken in this regard.
The Mineral Act of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was ready and would soon be presented before the cabinet. While the necessary amendment would also be made in mineral rules to eliminate illegal mining throughout the province. The elements involved in illegal mining would not be spared more. They would be treated strictly, he concluded.