Indian Ministry of Mines to outsource mineral mapping services

September 1, 2011: Outsourcing is slowly catching up in public sector too in India. Indian Ministry of mines has announced their decision to outsource the task of mapping mineral reserves in the country to other firms.

According to a senior official in the mines department, the outsourcing proposal was recommended by Ashok Chawla committee for MMDR (mines and minerals development regulation). At present the function of mapping mineral reserve is handled by Geological Survey of India (GSI). The government was India was trying many things to spot and tap the availability of natural resources. Ashok Chowla committee was formed to suggest recommendations for the uplift of the department he added.

There is urgency in expediting mineral prospecting and at this point of time the Geological Survey of India (GSI) might not be able to deliver the best results. At the current phase it may to possible for GSI to deliver 100. The department requires quick completion of work and to achieve the requirements the best option is seeking the help of outsourcing firms. Depending on outside service providers was strongly recommended by the committee.

Now the Geological Survey of India (GSI) will get the benefit of easy and quick completion of work within the expected time. They survey department also has the leverage even to depend on foreign outsourcing firms and they also believe it will definitely minimize the current shortage of resources faced in the sector. 

The Chawla committee also suggested that special attention must be provided to mining leases. There is a huge shortage in the mining industry and it is necessary to retain the existing players in the sector. It is also expected that in the near future we have to witness more pathetic conditions as the shortage for coal is increasing.

There was news from past few months that public sector companies are planning to depend on outsourcing. As many public sector players are finding it difficult to survive in tuff competition and the requirement of advanced strategic solutions is the fundamental. At this point of time it is not just the mines and minerals development sector which is planning to outsource there are many others in the queue.

Outsourcing in India is about to face a new era of public sectors firms completely depending on the service providers. The scope for outsourcing service providers is immense. Indian Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology (IT) solution providers are expected a growth for the whole industry as well as for the nation.

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