Immense mineral reserves in Rajasthan Main source of income for the state: CM Gehlot

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    Rajasthan’s Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot said Saturday that the state’s immense reserves of mineral resources are the main sources of income.

    Balanced and scientific use of these natural resources could also increase employment opportunities and the state’s revenue, he said.

    Gehlot spoke through a video conference about an event of the trial run of Ambuja Cement’s new Marwar Cement Works in Mundwa, Nagaur.

    He said the new facility during the pandemic was an achievement for the state and Ambuja Cement’s investment of Rs.3,250 billion in the facility was a commendable move.

    He said employment opportunities in the area will increase after full production starts in the new unit. The Prime Minister said it was a matter of pride that Rajasthan was the largest cement producing state in the country with 24 cement plants.

    He thanked company officials for building a green cement plant in Mundwa, saying that this was the biggest requirement given the environmental concerns.

    Gehlot said that in order to promote MSMEs, the state government has provided that MSME units will not need to seek approval from a government agency for three years after registering on the Raj Udyog Mitra portal.

    The state government has introduced a “one stop shop” system to eliminate investment bottlenecks for entrepreneurs.

    Mining Minister Pramod Jain Bhaya said the state government is working rapidly to explore, identify and auction new mine blocks.

    At the same time, a new mineral policy is being formulated for the sustainable, inclusive exploitation of natural resources, he said.

    Neeraj Akhouri, CEO and Managing Director of Ambuja Cement, said this is the company’s third plant in Rajasthan to be built amid the challenges of the pandemic.

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