Since 2009, the Citizens' Representative's Council of Umnugovi aimag and the Umnugovi aimag Governor's Office have been implementing the "Blessing of the Land" Program to allot 500,000 MNT to each citizen of the Umnugovi aimag once in 4 years from the income of the mining industry
In the frames of this project, a total of 300 thousand MNT has been allotted to the local citizens since 2009, where the remaining 200 thousand MNT will be allotted within August 15-25, 2012. A total of 51,226 citizens of Umnugovi
aimag are to receive 200 thousand MNT. This allotment is scheduled at this time due to the increasing monetary demand of students and households in regard with the start of this year’s academic year. Thus, the “Blessing of the Land” project will be successfully completed.
Umnugovi aimag is situated in the furthest southern part of Mongolia, and borders with the People’s Republic of China in the south, with Bayankhongor
aimag in the west, with Uvurkhangai
aimag in the north-west, with Dundgovi
aimag in the north and with Dornogovi
aimag in the east. Umnugovi aimag comprises of 15 sums and 53 bags (smallest administrative unit), and the aimag's center Dalanzadgad is located at 560 km from Ulaanbaatar. It has the largest territory in Mongolia (165.0 thousand km2
) and has a scarce population
density of 3.4 km2
A total of 71 mines and 185 mineral resource detections of 12 types have been recorded in the territory of the aimag. As of 2012, a total of 520 mineral resource licenses were allotted in the territory of Umnugovi aimag, where 57 are exploitation and 463 are exploration licenses, which are owned by over 186 entities.
The largest mines are located in this aimag, which are the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine, Nariin Sukhait coal mine and the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine.