Sharma Pins Gems Hope

Technology and policy guidelines can shape the unorganized gemstone sector in Odisha which has potential to add substantial revenue to the state and also can boost the local economy in the region, said Additional Chief Secretary, Steel & Mines, RK Sharma.

Mr.Sharma was speaking in a workshop on “Gemstones in Odisha – Exploration and Exploitation Strategy” here on 3 January. 
The workshop was organized by Odisha Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (OMECL), a newly formed State Public Sector undertaking under the Department of Steel & Mines, Government of Odisha.
The workshop, conducted under the aegis of Department of Steel & Mines, Odisha, was organized with an objective to explore new technologies and to discuss on the policy matters in the sector.

OMECL and OMC Managing Director R Vineel Krishna, who also spoke on the occasion, emphasized that there is huge potential for employment in gemstone industry in Odisha which needs to be tapped. OMECL will strengthen and upscale the exploration of gemstones in various regions of the state, he added.

Director Mines, Deepak Mohanty and MECL CMD Ranjit Rath also deliberated on exploring gemstones in the state.

Experts from countries like Zambia, Columbia, Mozambique and Madagascar where large-scale gemstone mining is being carried out, participated in the workshop. Senior government officials, eminent geoscientists, and CEOs of industries of the respective field also attended the program.

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