Srinagar, Feb 10: Lithium reserves have been found for the first time in the country in Jammu and Kashmir, reports said today.
"For the first time, lithium reserves have been discovered and that too in Jammu and Kashmir," Mines Secretary Vivek Bharadwaj said, reported The Hindu.
It said lithium is a non-ferrous metal and is one of the key components in EV batteries.
Upon exploration by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), lithium reserves have been found in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, said the report.
As per the report, the government was taking several proactive measures to secure minerals, including lithium, from Australia and Argentina, in order to strengthen the critical mineral supply chain for emerging technologies.
Speaking at the 62nd Central Geological Programming board meeting in New Delhi, Mr. Bharadwaj also said that whether it is a mobile phone or a solar panel, critical minerals are required everywhere.
In order to become self-reliant, it is very important for the country to find out critical minerals and also process it, he said.