The rationale for the amendment is that only small and medium sector consumers, having requirement less than 4200 tonnes per annum were entitled to take coal through SNA, large units having requirement of less than 4200 tonnes per annum were not recommended for coal by the District Industries Centre (DIC). Moreover, the limit of requirement of less than 4200 tonnes per annum needed to be revised as small units might have expanded over a period of time.
Union Ministry of Coal has announced increasing the annual cap of coal from 4200 tonnes per annum for sale through State Nominated Agencies* (SNA)* to 10,000 tonnes per annum. Ministry of Coal has issued an order amending the New Coal Distribution Policy (NCDP), 2007 to facilitate this increase in annual cap.
E-office is a digital workplace to ensure accountability and transparency. The e-office involves creation of an online version of files, which are signed with digital signature and moved to next officer online itself.
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a ‘digital India’, the Ministry of Coal under Cabinet Minister Piyush Goyal will completely shift over to e-office from November 1, a move that will speed up decision making and ensure transparency. Another ministry under Goyal–the Ministry of Power is also in the process to become a digital workplace.
Speedy clearances a must for increasing India's mineral production by 30-35% a year.
Cutting short the approval processes for speedy clearance of mining plans so as to increase mineral production by the targeted 30-35% every year, the ministry of mines in close co-ordination with its arm Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) is ensuring that every plan gets cleared within 45 days. “Following a series of brainstorming sessions with Union Minister, Piyush Goyal, (who apart from his portfolios of power, renewable energy and coal has also been recently entrusted upon an additional charge of the mines ministry), the mines ministry is ensuring that the disposal of mining plan and review of the same should be done within a period of 45 days,” secretary mines, Balvinder Kumar told EnergyInfraPost.com.
The MoU will also help in improving the rehabilitation and reclamation of the mined out areas. This arrangement would also help CIL in proper compliance and monitoring of the conditions that are laid down by the MoEF & CC while according environment and forest clearances.
Environmental issues have often come in the way of timely completion of coal mining projects and have even delayed them in the past. In order to tide over these issues, state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) have signed a MoU for effectively monitoring of environment related issues in the coal mining projects.
Embarking upon an accelerated afforestation drive, state-owned NTPC Ltd announced planting 10 million trees during 2016-17 along with the State Forest Departments of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Maharashtra.
Cutting down on India’s coal imports thereby savings billions of dollars of forex outgo every year, state-owned Coal India has sufficiently ramped up coal production and is currently sitting in a surplus state. Most thermal power plants in India have atleast a 20-25 days of coal surplus from a situation of coal shortages or critical coal stocks at power plants.
The government will soon do the first auction of a one year contract on coal which will not be linked to any end use requirement. This according to union minister for power, coal, RE and mines, Piyush Goyal will be the government’s first step towards commercial availability of coal.
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during June 2016 was Rs 18344 crore.
The contribution of Coal was the highest at Rs. 7171 crore (39%). Next in the order of importance were: Petroleum (crude) Rs. 5393 crore, Natural gas (utilized) Rs. 2077 crore, Iron ore Rs. 1802 crore, Limestone Rs. 584 crore and Lignite Rs.517 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 96% of the total value of mineral production in June 2016.
Union power, coal, mines and RE minister, Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha of a series of initiatives that are being undertaken by his ministry and state-owned coal company—Coal India Ltd to improve the quality of coal in general and that of low grade coal in particular.