New Delhi: Union Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi announced a 300 percent hike in ex-gratia (compensation or payment done from a sense of moral obligation rather than because of any legal requirement) amount for fatal coal mines accidents on Thursday. The ex-gratia amount has now been increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.
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This will cover over 3.5 lakh families of miners working under Coal India and its subsidiaries in eight states of the country.
He was on a visit to Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL). During the visit, an aerial survey and inspection of mining operations was undertaken by the minister at MCL’s Talcher Coalfields in Odisha. On the occasion, Coal India Limited’s (CIL) CMD AK Jha and MCL’s CMD BN Shukla were also present along with other dignitaries.
After paying tributes to the coal miners who laid their life in mine accidents, Joshi said, “I announce enhancement in ex-gratia from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh (300 percent hike) for the coal workers, both permanent as well as the contractors’, in case of a fatal mine accident.”
The minister further announced that MCL will invest more than Rs 9,000 crores in the upcoming years for the creation of railway infrastructure to enable seamless transportation of coal from across MCL mines.
Seeking the cooperation of all the stakeholders on increasing coal production for the nation, Joshi also added that MCL will run Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in the peripheral villages of its operational areas for brining free healthcare to the doorstep of the needy people.
Minister also laid the foundation stone of MCL DAV School, which will be built at the estimated cost of Rs 45 crore with an initial student intake of 1,300. The student intake capacity will later be extended up to 3,000.