The department works for the development of the mineral resources of the State while enjoying regulatory powers. It also encourages and provides support for value addition and end use of minerals in the State. Thereby creating facilities for employment, Socio-economic development and fetching more revenue for the State. The main functions and activities of the Department of Steel and Mines are systematic survey and assessment of the mineral deposits of the State, their exploitation, administration of mines and mineral concession, enforcement measures for prevention of illegal mining and smuggling of minerals, assessment and collection of mining revenue, study of the impact of mining operation on environment, formulation of appropriate environmental control measures and research and exploitation of areas and minerals for meeting the needs of mineral based industries in the State and Country. The Steel and Mines Department is the administrative Department of the Directorate of Mines, the Directorate of Geology and Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.