Friday, August 19, 2022

‘State’s natural resources untapped’

Staff Reporter

Minister for Geology & Mining, Soil and Water Conservation, Kashiho Sangtam on Thursday, said although Nagaland was endowed with substantial mineral resources, they remained untapped to their full potential.
Speaking at the 42nd State Geological Programming Board (SGPB) meeting organised by the department of Geology and Mining in the conference hall, Kashiho said a self-reliant economy was the vision of every nation or state, and that minerals were backbone for a stable economy.
He said the SGPB provided an opportunity for the state and central agencies to exchange scientific views and ideas and to share information about its activities, achievements and future work plans.
Kashiho expressed hope that deliberation in the meeting would be fruitful and provide new insights for the department in carrying out its activities.
With greatly improved geological knowledge and exploration technology, there is a pressing demand nationwide, to accelerate mineral exploration, Sangtam stated.
In this regard, he was optimistic that the department would also be able to generate systematic data on mineral resources and formulate strategies for its exploitation with its pool of technical knowledge, for the benefit of the state.
He said that growth and development were positive impacts of rapid urbanisation, however, he said they also resulted in a number of negative impacts in the context of earth resources such as depletion of groundwater, increased risk of people living in landslide prone areas and other anthropogenic disasters.
He urged upon the department to work effectively in formulation of judicious policies and their implementation in order to mitigate impending disasters.
Later, Kashiho expressed hope that the 42nd SGPB meeting would ignite new ideas to tackle challenges hindering progressive work of the department and formulate clear strategies to achieve its vision of sustainable economy of its mineral resources.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by secretary, G&M department, K Libanthung Lotha and welcome speech was delivered by additional director & HoD, Er. Tsuknung Jamir.


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