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63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting organized in Bhopal

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The 63rd Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) meeting was chaired by Shri V.L., Secretary, Ministry of Mines. Held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh under the chairmanship of Kantha Rao.

The 63rd meeting of the Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, which was chaired by Shri V.L., Secretary, Ministry of Mines. Kantha Rao did it. Notable participants included Shri Sanjay Lohia, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Shri Janardan Prasad, Director General, Geological Survey of India (GSI).

Discussion on Annual Program 2024-25

The proposed annual program for the upcoming field season year 2024-25 was presented for discussion. Geological Survey of India (GSI) outlines about 1055 scientific programmes, including:

  • 392 Mineral Development Projects
  • 133 projects with mineral bias or mineral exploration projects
  • 188 projects focusing on strategic and critical and fertilizer minerals
  • 111 Projects under Natural Hazard Study/Public Good Geology

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Collaborative Efforts and Partnerships

Emphasis was laid on collaboration with universities, agencies and sponsorship from various authorities including IITs, NGRI, DRDO, NRSC-ISRO and others. Exploration projects through NMET funding were solicited for implementation by State Governments.

National Geology Data Repository (NGDR) Portal

The two-hour session was dedicated to briefing stakeholders about the NGDR portal, which was designed to host pre-competitive baseline geological and mineral exploration data. The portal uses cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for advanced mineral exploration.

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Exhibition on “Mining and Beyond”

An exhibition on the theme “Mining and Beyond” was inaugurated, showcasing the achievements and best practices of entities like GSI, PSUs, major mining companies, private exploration agencies, startups and Government of Madhya Pradesh. Notable participants included PSUs like MOIL, HCL, NALCO, MECL and mining companies like Hindalco, BALCO and Tata Steel.

Reconstitution of CGPB Committee

The CGPB Committee was transformed into 12 theme-based groups with the objective of facilitating broader participation and interaction with GSI. The objective of this restructuring is to enhance coordination between central and state-level stakeholders and to encourage the functioning of the State Geological Programming Board (SGPB).

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About Geological Survey of India

The Geological Survey of India (GSI), established in 1851, has evolved into a repository of geoscience information and a geoscientific organization of international repute. Its functions include creating and updating national geological information, mineral resource assessment, ground surveys, aerial and marine surveys and multidisciplinary geological studies.

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2. Which ministry oversees CGPB meetings?

3. Which technology is used for advanced mineral exploration in NGDR portal?

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