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Coal India privatisation not on cards: Pralhad Joshi

The statement from the coal minister comes at a time when rumour mill on Coal India privatisation is running hot as the govt decides upon opening up coal mining for the private sector for commercial mining on the revenue sharing mechanism instead of the fixed rupee per tonne

Coal India Privatisation
Coal India Privatisation

New Delhi: Union Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi said on Monday that the government has announced an investment of Rs 50,000 crores under “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” to create and develop infrastructure facilities for Coal India Limited (CIL). It will help CIL to achieve 1 billion tonnes of coal production target by the financial year FY 2023-24. It’s also an opportunity for Coal India to open up new mines and increase coal production to reduce the country’s coal imports saving valuable foreign exchange. The coal minister said that he expects CIL will substitute 100 million tonnes of coal import annually in the near future. 

Joshi reiterated that the government does not intend to privatise Coal India. Instead of privatisation, the government is strengthening Coal India and will continue to do so.

He further added that CIL has coal reserves which will last for over 100 years. Recently, the government has allotted 16 new coal blocks to CIL, and reportedly the best ones, to help it fuel the Indian economy.

He reassured the Coal India family that the government is proud of CIL and it will only strengthen it in the days to come.

The news came a day after when Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that there will be a maximum of four public sector companies in strategic sectors, and state-owned firms in other segments will eventually be privatised.

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