Will not let any mines shut down: Raghubar Das
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Feb 2: Chief Minister Raghubar Das said his government will not allow any mine in the state to close down. He said he himself was a labourer and that is why he understands the plight of unemployed mining workers.
Das was addressing gathering during an inaugural ceremony held to mark the reopening of Chapri Rakha Mines after 17-years. The re-opening program was held in Rakha Mines, Jadugora.
After opening of this mines over 8000 people will get employment and 15 million tons per year of production will get started of copper and accordingly Jharkhand government will get benefit.
Das said that availability of copper minerals in the country is low and copper is imported to a large extent. In such a situation, such a large and so old mine was locked in our district for years.
The Chief Minister said to the officials of Hindustan Copper, “I assure you that whatever problems you have, you should come to Ranchi, I want to make sure that the government will solve all the problems. I have become a people’s representative from this district and therefore it is the right of the people there should be more and more development in that district. Keeping this in mind, airport in Dhalbumgarh is being made.”
The CM added that the central government is a government dedicated to poor, women, labourers and youth. He said that the central government has announced in its budget that under the Prime Minister’s farming scheme, on every five acres of land farmers will get ₹ 6000 through DBT.
Rakha Mines was started in 1971 and production started from here in 1976-77. On July 7, 2001, some 18 years ago, mining operations in Rakha Mines were closed due to several reasons.
Jharkhand Government has also allocated 90 acres of land for HCL for the Concentrator Plant. The production capacity of Rakha Mines will be 1.50 MT and the production capacity of Chapdi Mines will be 1.50 MT. At the same time, capacity of the Rakha concentrator plant will be 1.50 metric tonne in the first phase, which will be increased to 3 metric tonne in the second phase.
“This is a very positive step towards increasing the efficiency of the unit, as per the capacity building policy of Hindustan Copper Limited. After this work, new jobs will be created for the people of this area and this area will achieve new heights of development,” noted an official.