What are minor minerals and major minerals?

For calculating the value of output, the mining and quarrying sector is divided into two broad groups viz., Major Minerals and Minor Minerals. 

  • Minor minerals are those, which are declared by the Central Government under Section I (a) of the Mines & Minerals (Regulation & Development) Act, 1957. They are further revised and notified from time to time in the Gazette of India.
  • The major minerals cover fuel minerals consisting of coal, lignite, petroleum and natural gas and other major minerals i.e. metallic minerals including atomic minerals and non-metallic minerals

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