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Government of India
Ministry of Mines
24-August-2012 18:52 IST
India to Host the 36th International Geological Congress in 2020 - Vishwapati Trivedi

51st Meeting of the Central Geological Programming Board Held

51st Central Geological Programming Board Meeting was held here today at Vigyan Bhawan. Shri Vishwapati Trivedi, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, and the Chairman of the Board presided over the meeting. Besides the Geological Survey of India (GSI), representatives of a large number of Central Ministries and Organizations, State Geology and Mining Departments, Public Institutions, Private Enterprises, Stakeholders and Geoscientists participated in the meeting.

Inaugurating the meeting, Shri Trivedi said that the meeting was taking place at a very important time as both the 12th Five Year Plan and the Field Season Programme (FSP) have taken off simultaneously in April this year. He said that it is now time for close monitoring of the progress of work and making adjustments to fine-tune the items in the right direction so that all envisaged targets are achieved on time in a qualitative manner. Announcing that India has won its bid to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in the year 2020, at the recently concluded 34th IGC at Brisbane, Shri Trivedi said that this prestigious event- returning to India after more than five decades- will be attended by about 10,000 geoscientists from across the globe, who have carved a niche in their areas of specialization. Shri Trivedi complimented the entire team from the Ministry of Mines, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, GSI, INSA and IUGS which along with several other officers and individuals have contributed commendably for its preparation. Secretary, Ministry of Mines, expressed hope that 2020 becomes a landmark year for our country, in general and geoscience, in particular.

Shri Trivedi said that the objective of this CGPB, here onwards, will primarily be to monitor the Field Season Program and take stock of the Action Taken by the members in respect of the actionable points generated during the last deliberations. He stressed the fact that the Ministry of Mines accords highest importance to the quality of work done in GSI and appreciated the efforts of GSI for taking every possible step in this direction in ensuring Quality at each stage of execution of the Field Season Progammes. Right from the stage of Programme formulation till that of the report generation, check points have been put in place through external and internal peer-reviews to scrutinize the Quality of output. Shri Trivedi said that this will go a long way in enhancing the credentials and value of the reports of the organization and help in achieving International Standards.