The Bihar government has decided to accord permission for exploration of the "country's largest" gold reserve in Jamui district. As per a Geological Survey of India (GSI) survey, around 222.88 million tonnes of gold reserve, including 37.6 tonnes of mineral-rich ore, are present in Jamui district.
The consultation process started after analysing the GSI findings which indicated the presence of gold in areas such as Karmatia, Jhajha and Sono in Jamui district.
Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi had last year informed the Lok Sabha that Bihar holds the highest share of India's gold reserves. Bihar has 222.885 million tonnes of gold metal, which amounts to 44% of the total gold reserves in the country.