Prior to 2002, Mines & Minerals Department was functioning in the Directorate of Industries & Mineral Development Department since 1964. The independent department of Mines & Minerals was created in 2002 by the implementation of National Mineral Policy. It needs to be mentioned that National Mineral Policy, 1995 acts as a guideline for formulating the present polices of the Provincial Department of Mines & Minerals.

Mines & Minerals Department is responsible for: 

  • Legislation, policy formulation and planning for:
    • Grant, surveys, prospecting, exploration and development of mineral resources
    • Collection of rents, royalties and fees from the concessionaires
    • Rehabilitation of affected mining areas/sites, implementation, monitoring and control of environment standards, infrastructure development in mining areas
    • Collect, store and dissemination of mineral data, digitization of mineral/mining data
    • Mines and minerals development
    • Welfare of mine workers
    • Marketing of minerals
  • Safety of mines, oil and gas fields and their workers
  • Training and skill development
  • Labour laws and rules for mine workers
  • Governmental functions of:
    • Punjab Mineral Development Corporation
    • Mines Labour Welfare Organization
    • Punjab Mineral Company
  • Budget, accounts and audit matters
  • Purchase of stores and capital goods for the department
  • Service matters except those entrusted to Services and General Administration Department