Amar Ujala Network, Mandi
Published by: Krishan Singh
Updated Thu, 14 Oct 2021 11:18 AM IST
Both the BJP and the Congress have failed to pass on the benefits of natural resources to the common people. The country can get enough amount of rock salt from the salt refinery costing 300 crores in Hindustan Salt Mine.
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Two thousand people had to get employment
During the UPA government, a project of 300 crores was approved for the renovation of the salt mine. Hindostan Salt Limited had estimated the availability of 116 million tonnes of salt. On this basis, there was a plan to supply salt across the country by setting up a salt based solution mining project (salt refinery industry) with a cost of 300 crores. Due to this, the economy of the entire region was to be affected, including giving direct employment to two thousand unemployed people.
Production started in 1963 from the mine of Drang, Gumma
Rock salt production began in May 1963 from the Drang and Gumma salt mines. In the absence of technology, Hindustan Salt Limited could not fully exploit the salt. Due to non-forest clearance and non-deposit of royalty from the Ministry of Forest and Environment, the production of salt stopped on January 15, 2011. In 2016 the self MP Ram Swaroop Sharma had started the mine work by cutting the ribbon here along with former Health Minister Kaul Singh by getting a package of 3 crores from the Centre. The government had also provided 65 bighas of land to the company on lease at Magal near Mandi for salt refinery. A 35 meter long tunnel was made to extract the salt. After overturning the power, the MP again inaugurated the salt mine in the presence of MLA Jawahar Thakur and Jogindernagar MLA Prakash Rana. Not only this, after a gap of one year, the MP also inaugurated the salt water tap coming out of the mine.
These are the benefits of black (rocky) salt
Black salt is used in every household. It is eaten by putting it on salads or fruits. Black salt is very beneficial for health. It contains vitamins, sodium chloride, iron, magnesium and anti-bacterial properties. By consuming black salt instead of white salt, the body stays away from many diseases.
If Congress comes to power, it will make every effort to produce salt. This will give employment to the people. BJP could not start the production of salt while at the Centre. Congress tried its best while in power. They were successful in this, but after the formation of the BJP government at the center, the production gasped.
– Kaul Singh Thakur, former minister and senior Congress leader
BJP is committed to the production of salt mines. The efforts of Late MP Ramswaroop have been commendable. After winning the election, salt production will be resumed in Drang and employment will be provided to the local people.
Brigadier Kushal Chand Thakur