Reaching an unprecedented milestone, KP government formally ends Illegal land mining in the province

The Chief Minister spoke about the approval of the proposal for the establishment of a gemstone laboratory, technical training, and certification center.

Illegal mining has always been a difficult issue to tackle in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the provincial government has given a statement that illegal mining has ended. Around 30 officers were suspended with disciplinary action to help enforce this decision.

Around 2,669 complaints of illegal mining were submitted to the police in the last two years, while 1,336 were turned into FIRs.

Also noteworthy to mention is that the Minerals Development Department gathered 54% higher revenue during the year 2020-21. The provincial government set a target of Rs. 3450 million, but the department gathered a whopping Rs. 5221.879 million.

The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan, commended the performance of the Mineral Development Department in collecting revenue and controlling illegal mining.

On a separate note, in order to generate revenue and produce skilled labor, the government has approved and auctioned all empty sites for the construction of a gemstone laboratory, technical training, and certification center.

The Chief Minister spoke about the approval of the proposal for the establishment of a gemstone laboratory, technical training, and certification center.

While completing the legal requirements, he said,

“This project will produce a skilled workforce as per international standards and enhance the capacity building of manpower. Besides, these valuable indigenous resources will be processed locally; which will generate revenue as well as promote local and international trading in the shape of huge foreign exchange to the public exchequer.”

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