The country's mineral production grew by 16.6% in October to R16,975 crore led by coal and iron ore.
India had produced minerals, excluding atomic and minor minerals, worth R14,555 crore in October last year, an official statement said. The contribution of crude petroleum was the highest at R5,850 crore. Coal was the second-largest contributor at R5,067 crore followed by iron ore at R2,418 crore and natural gas at R2,130 crore.
Lignite contributed R361 crore to the total value of the mineral production and limestone, R338 crore. "These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in October 2012," the statement said.
Production of coal and iron ore grew by 23% and 12.1% to 445 lakh tonnes and 100 lakh tonnes, respectively, over the same month last year. Bauxite production also grew by 20.8% to 17.45 lakh tonnes. Crude petroleum output increased by 4.5%.