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 is to mention 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.