Pradeep Pattanayak

In a matter of great delight for the people of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Deogarh districts, Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallik on Monday informed in the Assembly that these three districts have gold deposits. 

Minister Mallik informed in the House that Dimirimunda, Kushakala, Gotipur, and Gopur in Keonjhar district; Joshipur, Suriaguda, Ruansila, Dhushura hill in Mayurbhanj district and Adas area in Deogarh district have gold deposits. 

The Minister’s statement about the presence of gold in the three districts has brought a new ray of hope for the people of Odisha

In fact, the first survey for the gold deposit in Keonjhar district was conducted in the 80s. With the technology available then, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) had conducted the survey in the areas like Kushakala, Goppur and Jaladiha villages under Taramakant and Nayakote Panchayats in Keonjhar district’s Banasapal block. However, the outcome of the survey was kept secret. 

Later in 2021-22, the GSI with all the latest technology carried out another survey in those areas in Keonjhar district. At that time too the GSI officials remained silent about the finding from the survey. 

However, the people of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Deogarh are cock-a-hoop following the Steel and Mines Minister’s statement in the House.

(Reported by Jagdish Das and Chinmay Sahoo, OTV)