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Bihar Holds Highest Gold Ore Reserves In India At 44%: Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi Tells LS

The minister was replying to Bihar BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal’s question if it is true that Bihar has one of the highest gold ore reserves in the country.

The entire resource of gold ore in Bihar is located in Sono area of Jamui district. (Image for representation: PTI)

New Delhi: Bihar holds the highest share of India’s gold reserves, Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi told Lok Sabha on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Lower House of Parliament, Joshi said Bihar holds a total of 222.885 million tonnes of gold metal, which amounts to 44 per cent of the total gold reserves in the country.

The minister was replying to Bihar BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal’s question if it is true that Bihar has one of the highest gold ore reserves in the country.

“As per National Mineral Inventory, the total resources of primary gold ore in the country as on 1.4.2015 are estimated at 501.83 million tonnes with 654.74 tonnes of gold metal and out of this, Bihar is endowed with 222.885 million tonnes (44%) of ore containing 37.6 tonnes of metal,” Joshi told Lok Sabha.

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“These resources of gold in Bihar are categorized under United Nations Framework Classification[UNFC] code-333 (128.885 million tonnes containing 21.6 tonnes metal) and UNFC code-334 (94 million tonnes containing 16 tonnes metal).”

The entire resource of gold ore in Bihar is located in Sono area of Jamui district, he further informed.

Bihar is followed by Rajasthan (25%), Karnataka (21%), West Bengal (3%), Andhra Pradesh (3% ), Jharkhand (2 %), as per a PIB press release dated July 26, 2021. The remaining 2% resources of ore are located in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

The winter session of the Parliament commenced on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on December 23.

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