statesman news service
KOLKATA, 16 JUNE: The mineral output has declined by 3.1 per cent during the month of April this year as compared to that of the corresponding month of the previous year. The output, when compared with the previous month of this year, saw a steep fall of 16.9 per cent.
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during April 2013 stood at Rs 17,772 crore. Coal contributed to 32 per cent of the total output during the month under review at Rs 5,673 crore, followed by crude petroleum at Rs 5,671 crore, iron ore at Rs 2,712 crore, natural gas (utilised) at Rs 1,883 crore, lignite at Rs 490 crore and limestone at Rs 382 crore. 
The six minerals together contributed about 95 per cent of the total value of mineral production in April this year.
The output of apatite & phosphorite increased by 33.6 per cent, bauxite by 14.7 per cent and iron ore by 1.3 per cent in April 2013. The production of crude petroleum, however, fell by 3.7 per cent, natural gas (utilised) by 5.5 per cent, limestone by 5.9 per cent, concentrated lead by 8.9 per cent, gold by 11.1 per cent, dolomite by 15 per cent and manganese ore by 18.1 per cent.