“I am making this as a rule…whatever water comes out, they (coal companies) will have to process it and give it out to the local areas for agricultural use or even for drinking purposes. The processing of water is being done even now but I am not satisfied with the way and to the extent the processing is being done…so have asked all coal companies to process water to the extent that it can even be used for drinking purposes,” the minister said.
The minister said two new mobile apps on the coal and mining sectors will also be looked at to provide information in a transparent manner as also to impart accountability to the system comprising of companies and the central and state governments.
Sources said Goyal’s mandate as the mines minister is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India emerge as a major mineral producer.
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