The mines and mineral sector contributes 3 percent to the national GDP and this sector in Punjab provides the resource base to a number of industries including cement, soda ash, caustic soda, ceramics, glass, fertilizer, plastic, paper, Ghee, construction and steel industries.
Giving briefing about the performance of the sector to Caretaker Minister for IC&T Mian Anjum Nisar, Secretary Dr Arshad that said the mining industry in Punjab provides employment opportunities to nearly 40,000 workforce, including skilled, unskilled and professional labor.
The secretary briefed that Mines and Minerals department had attached departments included Directorate Generals of Mines and Minerals, Chief Inspector of Mines, Punjab Minerals development company and Punjab Mineral company.
Speaking on the occasion, the caretaker provincial Minister directed the secretary to make possible that representative of Mines and Minerals be a part of all chambers and make foolproof security arrangements for the labourers.
Source: Radio Pakistan