Former Coal Secretary HC Gupta is among three former bureaucrats convicted of corruption in a coal scam case by a special CBI court today.
The Ministry of Coal, has circulated a Discussion Paper on the subject seeking views from public and stake holders
Stakeholder consultations on commercial coal mining are going on: Susheel Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Coal
In an exclusive chat with ET Now, Susheel Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Coal speaks about what’s ailing the coal demand, production targets missed & other future strategies.
Essar Power Limited has delivered a strong operational performance in FY 2016-17.While it generated 49% more power in the fiscal, the company also added 165 MW capacity to its portfolio by commissioning one unit each at its Paradip and Hazira plants.
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said as much as 39,710 MW capacity based on supercritical technology has already been added and 48,060 MW of super-critical power generation is in the pipeline.
The capacity utilization of thermal power plants has been in the red for the last several years. From a peak of 79 per cent in 2007-08, it fell to 75 per cent in 2010-11 due to the twin reasons of faster capacity addition and stressed coal availability. It now stands at less than 60 per cent despite availability of coal.
Thousands of contract coal workers in India including hundreds of such workers who were employed in EMTA open cast mine in Bhadravati
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.
MoC Giving Finishing Touches To Its Coal Import Substitution Strategy for Public and Private Sector Plants in India
“One solution to increase usage of domestic coal in the private sector could be if the best of mines with high quality coal and lower ash content is further washed and offered….it can be brought to quality levels that can be burnt in existing boilers designed for clean and imported coal,” said Anil Sardana, CEO and MD of Tata Power.
Union coal secretary Anil Swarup said the ministry of coal has initiated a detailed exercise where it is working closely with the public and private industry and studying every single coal based plant in the country that is using imported coal.
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.