New Delhi — Coal production has increased from 556.4 Mte in 2012-13 to 610.8 Mte during 2014-15. This was stated by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
The details of Company-wise and State-wise production of coal in the country during last three years & current year are given below:
(in million tonnes)
|Actual||Actual||Provisional||April-June 2015 (Prov)|
The minister stated that as per annual plan document 2015-16 of the Ministry of Coal, the annual target for overall coal production for 2015-16 has been fixed at 700 Mte. However, an action plan has also been drawn by Government/Coal India Ltd. in this regard to achieve production of 1000 Million tonnes by 2019-20.
The details of rate of increase of coal production compared to GDP during last three year are given below:
|Year||Rate of increase in coal production over last year (%)||Rate of Increase (Growth) in GDP*%|
|2015-16(April-June 2015)||7.3%||Not Available|
* Source: GDP: CSO – (GDP data is at factor cost at constant price). Coal production – CCO
As on 1 April, a total of 81049 million tonnes of of coal have been estimated in Jharkhand by Geological Survey of India.
The minister further stated that, in order to increase production in Jharkhand, the focus of the government is on facilitating environment and forest clearances expeditiously, pursuing with the State government for assistance in land acquisition and coordinated efforts with Railways for movement of coal.
As per the New Coal Distribution Policy (NCDP), 2007, the medium and small scale industries whose requirement is less than 4,200 tonnes per annum are required to take coal through State agencies nominated by the respective State governments.
An aggregate of 30,00,000 tonnes of coal is made available for this purpose. This quantity is allotted amongst various States and Union Territories, depending on past trends. Coal India Limited (CIL) has not received any complaint of medium and small scale enterprises affected due to this arrangement. This was stated by the minister in a written reply to another question in the Lok Sabha today.
A meeting was held on 19 June by CIL, Kolkata, which representatives of State-nominated agencies of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Odisha, Assam and Telangana attended.
The minister further stated that various issues such as expediting the signing of FSA, timely raising of coal bills, carrying out regular reconciliation of accounts, expediting the refund, settling of old dues, grade of coal supplied, making FSA’s for two years subject to the period for which nomination is received etc were discussed in this meeting.