Raw Materials Division (RMD), the mining wing of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), is operating 8 iron ore mines and 2 flux mines spread over Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh to supply Iron ore, Limestones and Dolomite to SAIL steel plants in eastern sector of the country.RMD’s iron ore mines are located at Kiriburu, Meghahatuburu, Gua and Chiria in Jharkhand, and at Bolani, Barsua, Taldih and Kalta in Odisha. Flux mines are located at Tulsidamar in Jharkhand, and at Kuteshwar in Madhya Pradesh.
With its headquarters in Kolkata, RMD has Customer Services Offices (CSO) at Rourkela, Durgapur and Bokaro; and city offices at Ranchi and Bhubaneswar. Formed in 1989,RMD has been able to ensure 100% iron ore supply to the steel plants by establishing synergy between all the mines and rationalising supply in terms of quantity and quality.
While SAIL steel plants are gradually ramping up hot metal production, RMD mines are also enhancing its capacity, for which modernisation and expansion programmes are being carried out at different mines. In order to boost Blast furnace productivity a 4 MT pelletplant will come up at Gua Ore Mines, which will utilise iron ore fines of the mines.
Major mines of RMD have been certified with ISO 9001 and Environmental Management System IS / ISO 14001. For repairing and maintenance of heavy earth moving equipment RMD has established Central Base Repairing Shop (CBRS) at Bolani, which is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001certified unit. A well-equipped HRD centre at Kiriburu Iron Ore Mine operates as nodal centre for training for all the mines under RMD.
Caring for Environment
RMD believes in scientific and sustainable mining, and aspires eco-friendly mining. It systematically abides by stipulated standards / guidelines laid down by statutory bodies for environment protection. All mines follow specified norms for environment management. Regular monitoring of ambient air and water quality is being done as part of routine job.Online monitoring has also been introduced.Keeping the sustainable mining in view RMD mines have taken up different environmental projects which have shown positive results in maintaining the ecological balance in the forest, and helped in protecting its flora and fauna. Tree plantation and afforestation is an integral part of the environment management activities in all RMD mines.
Special thrust is given on eco-friendly mining and conservation of natural resources by adopting modern technology. Some of the noteworthy projects are:
- Reclamation of water from Tailing dam and reuse in washing plant.
- Mobile and stationary water sprinklers on haul roads.
- Dry fog dust suppression system to control fugitive dust at ore handling plants.
- Backfilling of mined out area and rehabilitation through plantation.
- Coir matting on waste dump area.
- Prevention and restoration of degraded lands in and around mines through implementation of Catchment Area Treatment Plants for soil and water erosion.
- Rain Water Harvesting structures to meet the industrial / domestic water demand as well as improve ground water availability of the area.
- Use of high capacity excavators up to 9.5 m3 and dumpers up to 100 T for handling of ore and waste.
- Long distance belt conveyers for ore transportation.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Mines are located in remote areaswhich are often marked by forest and undulated terrain. Life of local inhabitants in those remote villages is quite different from that of their urban counterpart. Basic amenities like potable drinking water, drainage and sanitation, good roads, health care, education, electricity, and a regular source of stable income are distant dreams for the villagers.
The solicitude of RMD has been a silver lining for them to change the quality of life. RMD conducted a study in different areas to understand the large-scale impact of various socio-economic factors on the society, local economy, and ecology. Based on the result, plans have been chalked out to bring changes in the quality of life of the villagers through different CSR initiatives. The primary focus is given on identified areas like Health, Education, Women empowerment, Income generation, Infrastructure development, Sports and Culture. Years of effort has brought improvements in their life and changed the way they ever thought to live.
Some major CSR projects of RMD are:
- SuwanChhatrawash – Adopting deserving students of local villages and giving them free schooling and otherfacilities
- Medical treatment – Providing free outdoor and indoor medical facilities to villagers, regularly organising medical camps in remote villages
- Women Self-employment centres – Helping women to be financially independent through the self-employment centres like Kiran, Ashayen, Soubhagya, Dishaat different mines
- ITI and Skill development training – Sponsoring local boys and girls for ITI and skill development training. Also opened ITI at mines
- Basic educational support –Providing education infrastructure support, and engaging Para teachers at different government schools in mines-surrounding villages to make up shortfall of teachers
- Eklavya Archery Academy – Providinginternational standard archery training to young boys and girlsat free of cost
- Ladies Cricket Coaching Centre – Giving free cricket coaching togirls
- Ambulance and Mobile health service – Taking primary health care at door steps in far flung areas
In addition to that, RMD provides free drinking water, electricity, and many other facilities to the villagers through infrastructure development, medical support, sports and cultural promotions.
Basic tenet of RMD is to have a value added approach for holistic developmentand inclusive growth. RMD focuses on rural development, because an overall well-being of rural communityis essential fora long-term success.
- Board Resolution in favour of Dhobil lease of Chiria mines
- Board Resolution in favour of Duargaiburu lease of Gua ore mines
- Board Resolution in favour of Sukri-Latur lease of Chiria mines
Contact Us :
Raw Material Division
DGM (PR) & COC
Email : sailrmdpr[at]gmail[dot]com