Mines & Mineral Department was functioning in the Directorate of Industries & Mineral Development since 1964. The independent Department of Mines & Minerals was created in 2002 by the implementation of National Mineral Policy. It is to mention that National Mineral Policy 1995, acts as a guideline for formulating the polices of the Provincial Department of Mines & Minerals. Mines & Minerals Department, Government of the Punjab is the responsible instrument of the state for mineral resource wealth mapping, its development and exploitation. Punjab has been lavishly blessed with mineral wealth but it is yet to be exploited systematically. Currently, 20 minerals are being excavated out of 35 known. Punjab has 596 million tons of coal resources estimated through JORC standards by M/s Snowden and 150 million tons of iron ore reserves at Chiniot-Rajoa estimated through NI43 standards.
Under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Punjab, Mines & Minerals Department is leaving no stone unturned to promote and facilitate Mines & Minerals Exploration and Exploitation in Punjab to attract Local and foreign Investment, thereby ensuring a positive thrust in the provincial GDP. Other goal includes infrastructure development in mining areas and safety, health and welfare of mine workers. Mines & Mineral Department is striving to follow the road map on mineral exploration projects planned by government of punjab. A future vision of Mines & Minerals Department in outlined below: