Overview

Chief Inspectorate of Mines is an attached department of Mines & Minerals Department, Government of the Punjab and operationally divided into two wings i. e. (1) Inspectorate of Mines (2) Mines Labour Welfare Organization. The functions of both wings are correlated regarding assurance of safety, health and welfare of mine workers. However, Inspectorate of Mines deals with the regulatory aspect and Mines Labour Welfare Organization deals with facilitation to mining labour.

Inspectorate of Mines, Punjab is headed by the Chief Inspector of Mines (an officer of BS-20) who is responsible to ensure safety and regulation of mines as well as safety, health and welfare of mine workers under the provisions of the Mines Act, 1923, Rules and Regulations made thereunder and other laws concerning to mining labour. These functions are performed through inspections of mines and quarries, conduct of inquiries into mine accidents, analysis of environmental samples in and about the mines, teaching & training of miners' community by pre-service and in-service training programmes and follow up of cases in the courts of law related to different violations committed by mine operators.

The Mines Labour Welfare Organization (MLWO) is headed by Mines Labour Welfare Commissioner (Ex-Officio charge is held by Chief Inspector of Mines being operational head of Mines Labour Welfare Organization through implementation of National Mineral Policy, 1995), who is responsible for provision of health care, education, housing and other welfare facilities to the mine workers and their families through collection of excise duty on notified minerals under the Excise Duty on Minerals (Labour Welfare) Act, 1967 and Rules made thereunder. The excise duty collection constitutes the Mines Labour Housing & General Welfare Fund which is maintained in the Punjab Public Accounts and the Finance Department provides budget for utilization.

The Inspectorate of Mines and Mines Labour Welfare Organization consist of well qualified and groomed technical personnel including Engineers, Doctors and Teachers etc. Our mission is to make utmost efforts for excellence in safety, health and welfare of mine workers.

Objectives

  • Implementation of law for safety and security of mines and mine workers.
  • Inculcate awareness of safety in mine workers and mine operators.
  • Ensure welfare of mine workers’ families by providing basic welfare facilities including health care, education, vocational training and housing.