Around 222.88 million tonnes of gold reserve, including 37.6 tonnes of mineral-rich ore, are present in Jamui district, according to a Geological Survey of India (GSI) survey.
"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," Additional Chief Secretary cum Mines Commissioner Harjot Kaur Bamhrah told News Agency.
She also added, "The state government is likely to sign an MoU with a central agency or agencies for G3 (preliminary) stage exploration within a month's time. In certain areas, G2 (general) exploration can also be carried out."
Last year, Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi informed the Lok Sabha that Bihar holds the highest share of India's gold reserves.
"As per the National Mineral Inventory, the total resources of primary gold ore in the country as on 1.4.2015 are estimated at 501.83 million tonnes with 654.74 tonnes of gold metal and out of this, Bihar is endowed with 222.885 million tonnes (44 per cent) of ore containing 37.6 tonnes of metal," Joshi had said.
"The state Mines and Geology Department is in consultation with agencies engaged in exploration, including GSI and the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), for exploration of gold reserves in Jamui," according to official sources.