The union government has envisaged that one of the ways forward to reduce the dependence on imports is to devise a Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy framework with CIL as one of the partners in order to increase the production of coal for supply to power producers and other consumers.
Accordingly the Ministry of Coal has set up a Committee to devise a PPP Policy framework with CIL as one of the partners in order to increase production of coal.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Coal, Pratik Prakash Bapu Patil in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
The minister said that besides this, the government has taken following measures to further step up domestic production which includes: 1) Emphasis on modernization and technology development and coal quality improvement. 2) Emphasis on infrastructure development. 3) Periodical review of development of coal blocks. 4) Development of some of the coal blocks assigned to CIL through engaging Mine Development and Operator (MDO).
5) Periodical review of on going projects. 6) Constant persuasion with Ministry of Railways for expeditious implementation of critical rail lines & improved supply of rakes. 7) Regular persuasion with the state governments on the pending issues and law and order problems. 8) Regular interaction with line ministries and state governments for clearing environment and forest clearances for new projects.