MINERALS DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA

 

INSPECTORATE OF MINES

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA.

 

FUNCTION

(i)         Safe Mine environment and labour safety through implementation of Mines Act 1923 and rules regulations made there under.

(ii)        Established Mine Safety and Rescue Center near Nowshera as part of Labour Welfare and human resource development activities.

OBJECTIVES

(i)         Implementation of mining labour laws for mine workers safety and their welfare.

(ii)        Conduct inspections to minimize fatal mine accidents. Conduct competency Examinations under the law.

(iii)       Organize training courses on mine safety for mineworkers as part of Human Resource Development.

ACHIEVEMENT/ACTIVITIES

            The Inspectorate of Mines Labour Welfare, of Directorate General Mines & Mineral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Act as a check & balance Department for enforcement of the following Mining Laws in the Province, so as to ensure safe and scientific mining operations on modern mining techniques in both public and private sector:

A)        ACT & ORDINANCES

The Mines Act 1923.

B)        RULES REGULATIONS

The Coal Mines Regulations, 1926.

The Metalliferous Mines Regulation, 1926.

The Mining Board Rules, 1951.

The Consolidated Mines Rules, 1952.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mine Registration Rules, 1996.

           

            In the Act and rules/regulations, legal and technical procedures of working in mineral deposits have been out-lined. The inspecting officers of the department, duly qualified mining Engineers frequently inspect mines/quarries, violations/irregularities are removed by issuing directives, and prosecutions are also lodged against the defaulters. In order of proper enforcement of mining law in true spirit, rapid and frequent inspections are made for the safe working, welfare of miners and excavation of minerals with proper use of technical mining methods so that the mineral wealth of the country is not wasted. The Inspectorate of Mines is, therefore, not only maintaining the atmosphere conducive  for the mines labour welfare but at the same time it also helps in proper development of mines and maximum production of minerals with minimum risk to the working mine labour force.

            


The miners are seasonal and migratory as such no first data regarding their employment in mines is available. Their numbers increase or decrease as per demand of the various minerals in the local market. The detail/data collected so far of miners working in different divisions of the province is given below:-

                       

S.No.

Division

No. of Miners.

No. of Mines

1.

Peshawar

1650

262

2.

Kohat.

2242

386

3.

D.I.Khan

887

160

4.

Hazara

2165

320

5.

Malakand

876

145

6.

Mardan

1287

215

7.

Buner

1245

133


Total

10352

1621


                        A brief report on the achievement and activities of this office is appended below:

1.          INSPECTION OF MINES

            As required under the Mines Act, 1923, inspecting staff of the inspectorate of mines are making inspection and due to rapid inspection of mines by the qualified mining Engineers, designated as Inspector of Mines who are working under the supervision of Chief Inspector of Mines, the number of fatal accidents have been minimized to great extent and the mineral production has increased. The Inspector of Mines undertakes frequent tours to the mine side for inspection so as to ensure:

Reduction of mines accidents.

Availability of trained and skilled mine labour force.

Create awareness to mining dangers and hazards.

Maintenance of prescribed health in mines.

Prevention of damage to mine & mineral resources.

Development of mining trade & mineral productivity.

The detail Inspection/persecution during the year 2017 are appended below:-


S#

Regional offices of the Inspectorate of Mines, KPK

No of Inspection made by SIM

No. of prosecution lodged against violation of law

1.

Peshawar

35

Nil

2.

Mardan

31

02

3.

Buner

79

03

4.

Kohat

115

5

5.

DI Khan

18

-

6.

Abbottabad

150

07

7.

Swat

60

02


2.         CONSTITUTION OF BOARDS/COMMITTEES

            In order to have a better coordination between the Government, the mines owner and the mines workers, the inspectorate of mines labour welfare, has constituted the following boards/committees as required under Section-10 of the mines Act, and Regulation 29 and 31 of the Coal Mines Regulation 1926, to assist the Chief Inspector of Mines in the disposal as well as proper review/scrutiny of cases:-


Mining Board.

Placement Board.

Board of Examiners.

3.         CONDUCTING COMPETENCY EXAMINATIONS

            Besides the above, the Inspectorate of Mines Labour Welfare has been able to conduct Mine Sardar/Surveyors/Shot Firer/First Class & Second Class Certificate of Competency Examination as required under the “Conduct of Examination Rules, 1988” formulated under Regulation 31 of the Coal Mines Regulation, 1926, under the Board of Examiners, the details of successful candidates in various Examinations is as follow:


Examination conducted during the year 2017

 

S.No

Name of Examination

No of certificates

2017

Total


First Class Competency Examination

-

39


Mine Surveyor Certificate of Competency Examination

-

48


Mine Sardar Examination

78

1011


Shot Firer Certificate Examination

23

150


2nd  Class Mine Manager of Competency

-

01


4.         MINE, RESCUE, SAFETY AND TRAINING CENTER JALOZAI DISTRICT NOWSHERA

            The Centre has been established over a cost of 40/- million at industrial state Jalozai District Nowshera. The Centre has started its activities since 2009. The main targets for the centre are: -

Approximate training to mine personnel in First Aid, Safety and rescue operations, which would be very helpful in handling mine disasters and other mishaps during underground mining activities.

To carry out efficient and quick rescue operations whenever and wherever required in the Province.

Detection of different poisonous gasses and their percentage in different underground mines in routine cases in general and in case of accidents in particular in order to adopt all possible precautionary measures in future.

Dissemination of knowledge and awareness amongst the entire mine workforce, for the protection of their lives and health.

Improving sense of safety and security among mining workforce especially for those involved in high-risk jobs.

Conducting refresher courses for different group of workers related to different mines of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Periodical exercises and demonstrations in different mines to train workers with the changing conditions of the mines.

Availability of skilled and trained mining supervisors and technicians.

Better and safe working environments ensuring maximum safety with maximum production and minimum cost.

Conservation of Minerals wealth, which is otherwise wasted due to unsafe, outmoded and improper mining procedures.

Reduction/Control in the number of accidents.

Reposing confidence of safety and security amongst the miners and making them safety conscious.

Awareness about mine hazards and disasters.

Capabilities for handling mining hazards.

Training Course on Modern Mining Technique, Mine Safety & Rescue held at Mines Rescue Safety and Training Center Jalozai District Nowshera and at various district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in year 2017.

 

S.No

Total No. courses 

Total Nos of Participants

1.

Mines Rescue Safety Training Center Jalozai (04)

75

2.

Onsite Training courses (02)

283

 

The Inspectorate of Mines labour Welfare, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is collecting different fee under provincial head of account “C-03809-Fee charged under section 30(K) of the Mines Act”.  As per detail given below:-

S.No.

Budget Estimates 2016-17

Revised Estimates 2016-17

Receipt upto 2017.

1.

500000

500000

658264

  

PLAN, STRATEGY AND TARGETS FROM 2016-17

Establishment of Model Coal Mines, Shahkot District Nowshera.

 01 No of Model Coal Mine has been approved and established in the Shahkot District Nowshera Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with total budget allocation of Rs.200 million from the project work is on progress towards completion.

           The development of model mines will enhance:-

Productivity of minerals in terms of quality and quantity

Safety of Mines workers underground and on surface

Technical human resource in the profession of mining

Establishment of Socio Economic development of the rural area.  

 Three number of sub-rescue center have been proposed to established in Abbottabad, Swat & Karak and One No of School of Mining Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are proposed to be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Amendment in Mine Act 1923, which have been amended as “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mines Safety and Regulation Act 2017” submitted to Law Department for vetting.

Minerals Development Department
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Abdul Wali Khan Complex, Civil Secretariat, Peshawar
Phone # 091-9223553