The Mining Engineers’ Association of India (MEAI), a national body of 5,000 mining engineers has announced that from now on every year, November 1, will be celebrated as the National Mining Day. The association expressed ban on mining in some areas across the country has aggravated the crisis by leaving the local people jobless.

Referring to the $4.4-billion Goa mining industry, it said, around 90,000 people became jobless in the last one year due to the ban there. Speaking at the event, Singareni Colleries (SCCL) chairman and managing director, Sutirtha Bhattacharya, said: “Mining is not going to go away, but the need of the hour is sustainability”. He said SCCL would invest Rs 10,360 crore over the 12th Plan period (2012-17).

Courtesy: Business Standard