Production of Iron ore in India Increased By 27%

Mar 16: The State-wise production of iron ore during 2018-19 to 2020-21(P) and 2020- 21 (April-January) vis-à-vis 2021-22 (April-January) is provided at Table in Annexure. The total production of iron ore in India increased during 2019-20 as compared to 2018- 19, but it decreased in 2020-21(P) as compared to 2019-20. The reason for the decline in the production of iron ore was that the year 2020-21 was affected by the pandemic as well as a large number of leases expiring on 31.03.2020. However, the total production of iron ore in India increased by 27% during 2021-22 (April-January) as compared to the same period of the previous year. In the states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, and Maharashtra, the production of iron ore decreased during this period.

         The Government has taken various steps to increase production and availability of iron ore, which inter-alia include Mining and Mineral Policy reforms to ensure enhanced production, early auction & operationalization of expired mines, ease of doing the business, seamless transfer of all valid rights & approvals, incentivizing for starting of mining operation & dispatch, transfer of mining leases, allowing captive mines to sell up to 50% of the minerals produced, enhancing exploration activities, etc.

Table: State-wise Production of iron ore from 2018-19 to 2020-21 and 2020-21 (April-January) vis-à-vis 2021-22 (April-January)

(Qty in ‘000 tonnes)

State2018-192019-202020-21(P)2020-21 (AprJan) (P)2021-22 (AprJan) (P)%growth in2021-22over2020-21(Apr-Jan)(P)
Andhra Pradesh654825360315266-15.56
All India: Total2,06,4952,44,0832,04,4821,60,3412,04,03527.25

This information was given by the Union Minister of Coal, Mines, and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


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