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SECL produced over 150 MT of coal in FY 2019-20

South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) has produced 150.545 million tonnes of coal in FY 2019-20, which is 25% of the total production of CIL
New Delhi: South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), a Miniratna coal PSU and a subsidiary company of Coal India Limited, has retained its position as the single largest coal producing company in India at the end of another fiscal year. The company has produced 150.545 million tonnes (MT) of coal during FY 2019-20. Even as India fights Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is under a 21-day-long lockdown, SECL miners had been working to meet coal requirements of the nation, the company said in a press release. "Precautions are being taken but the top priority was always ‘The Nation.’ It was this feeling in each coal miner that led to a wholehearted contribution from each one. The dedication of miners is now overtly evident in the annual figures of coal production," SECL said in the statement.

SECL crosses 150MT-mark for the second time in a row

"Under the guidance of SECL's CMD AP Panda, the company has contributed 25 percent to the total coal production of Coal India Limited (CIL)," the statement said. During financial year 2019-20, Coal India has produced 602.14 MT of coal, out of which SECL contributed 150.545 MT. The second-largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India is over 10 MT behind and the third is over 42 MT behind SECL. The production rally continued all year through in SECL and it has crossed 150 MT coal-production-mark for the second time. SECL has crossed this benchmark of 150 MT coal production in the last two financial years consecutively. No other subsidiary of CIL has been able to achieve this benchmark, SECL added. Several coal production records were created and broken during this rally. The most remarkable being the largest single-day coal production on March 27. SECL produced 1 MT of coal on this single day. Towards the end of the financial year, the production spree continued like never before and crossed 9 lakh tonnes of single day coal production on March 26 and 31. Likewise, SECL crossed 8 lakh tonnes single day coal production on March 23, 20, 19 and 18. These single-day coal production peaks immensely added to the overall figure, SECL said. Various areas of SECL have also fared well during this period significantly, adding up to the total tally. Gevra area produced a total of 45 MT during this year and met its annual target. Kusmunda area produced 42.331 MT of coal and crossed its annual target. Other areas have also made a significant contribution.

SECL contributed Rs 1.75 crore to combat COVID-19

SECL has not only been the best in coal mining but also has also offered support to its neighbouring areas and the people residing therein. Recently, as a positive step to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19), SECL has contributed Rs 1.75 crore, Rs 25 lakhs each to Bilaspur, Korba, Annuppur, Surajpur, Balrampur Ramanujganj, Umaria and Shahdol district administration, SECL said. The financial support from SECL would strengthen the battle against COVID-19 in respective districts. To tackle any untoward situation arising out of COVID-19, SECL has made a total of 132 quarantine, Isolation beds available at Shahdol, Anuppur, Korea, Umaria, Surajpur, and Korba. SECL took to sanitization of offices and townships, social distancing and worked with minimum workforce, wherever possible. Even during the days of complete lockdown, SECL has continued working since coal production has been deemed as an essential service.