(Under The Aegis Of)
In 1989, Shri. P.K.Lahiri, the then Secretary, Ministry of Steel and Mines, Government of India, while presenting the key note address at a National Seminar on Protection of Environment organized by Federation of India Mineral Industries (FIMI) at Panjim (GOA) had proposed that Indian Bureau of Mines having been assigned the significant statutory responsibility of enforcing provisions of legislation related to environmental protection in mining areas can play significant role in organizing the Mines Environment and Mineral Conservation Week.
With a view to promote greater awareness in maintaining greener and cleaner environment on the similar lines as Mine Safety Week, a resolution was passed by Federation of Indian Mineral Industries to this effect and in pursuance the Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines issued circulars to all regional heads to organize Mines Environment and Mineral Conservation Week in their respective regions from 1990-91 onwards.
Since 1990-91 Mine Environment & Mineral Conservation (MEMC) week celebration is arranged every year under the aegis of Indian Bureau of Mines.
The main objective of this event is to create environment awareness amongst the employees and the local population. To achieve objectives towards conserving mineral resources & protecting environment in around the mines & to promote awareness of these important aspects between one & all associated with mining
During Mine Environment and Mineral Conservation Week, the competing mines are inspected from greener and healthier environment angle by team members belonging to different mining fraternity and evaluate the work and achievements in following important themes. The public representatives from villages lying in core and buffer zone of mines are also being invited.
Mine wise performance based on systematic mining, environment protection and mineral conservation was inspected by inspection teams, formed by the Organising committee with consent of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM). These teams involved mining engineers, environment officers, mineral processing engineers and geologists from various mining companies.