Ministry of Coal, Government of India in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organizing a series of Stakeholder Consultations to address issues related to Coal Sector in the Eastern States. The Stakeholder Consultation at Chhattisgarh was organized on 18th September, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Raipur.
The coal sector has witnessed a slew of reforms in last few years. The Government is taking several measures to address challenges like logistical inefficiencies along with economic, institutional and environmental hurdles as well as a host of capacity related issues in the coal sector. The stakeholder consultation deliberated on; policy interventions, Institutional reforms and Governance framework in coal sector. Coal Transportation and Logistics – First Mile Connectivity and single Window System on various clearances. The consultation also sensitized the prospective bidders and stakeholders involved in the Coal Sector about the improvements in auction and allotment process and other issues of the coal sector.
The consultation was presided over by Mr. Sumanta Chaudhuri, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India. Secretary said that Ministry of Coal has already taken policy decisions to ensure early operationalisation of coal mines which includes allowing sale of 25% coal in open market in case of allocation for specified end use plant, relaxation in efficiency parameters, provision of grace periods, introduction of e-CPMP, MDMS portal etc. Ministry is also working on the policy interventions to develop a Single Window Scheme for faster approvals of clearances from various Central/ State agencies. Ministry of Coal has started the process of auctioning of 27 coal mines and allotment of 15 coal mines to Central PSU & State PSU’s. Secretary also informed Government of India is processing for removal of prior approval of the Central Government before the State Government grants mining lease. Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Ministry of Coal have agreed in principle to avoid repetitive grant of ECs for 100% PRC and 40% expansion beyond this PRC through grant of a single EC for both. Secretary requested the State Government to explore the possibility of automaticity and simplification of granting of mining lease.
Mr. Pradeep Tandon, Chairman, FICCI – Chhattisgarh State Council said that the state has 16% of the total coal deposits of India and contributes over 18% to the total national production. Mr. Tandon spoke on the need to address the availability of coal at source as well as by asking the allottee PSUs to part some coal for power plants in Chhattisgarh, as it will save them huge transportation cost and in turn provide cheap power from these plants. He also spoke about disposal of fly ash in abandoned SECL mines.
Mr. Manoj Kr. Pingua, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Commerce & Industries and Transport, Government of Chhattisgarh spoke on the demand supply gap in the sector which needs to be suitably addressed. Mr. Ashish Upadhyaya, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India spoke on the Policy decisions undertaken to ensure ease of doing business, Online Electronic Auction Process and shared Details of the Blocks Available for Allocation. The state government was represented by senior Secretaries – Mr. Anbalagan P., IAS, Special Secretary, Department of Mineral Resources, Government of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Xaxa, IAS, Secretary, Department of Revenue & Disaster Management, Ex-Officio Commissioner, Relief, Commissioner, Rehabilitation, Commissioner, Land Record, Government of Chhattisgarh from the State Government. Other distinguished speakers included Mr. Andrew Ford, Consul-General, Australian Consulate-General Kolkata, Mr. A. P. Panda, CMD, South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., Mr. Kapil Dhagat, EVP, Business –Coal, Jindal Steel & Power, Mr. Rathendra Raman, Chief Freight Transportation Manager, South East Central Railway and Mr. Vijay Anand Jhanwar, Director, M/S Viraj Metalliks Pvt. Ltd., Raipur.