Recently the Ministry of Coal has finalized the agenda document for the year 2021-22. This is the first time that an agenda document for the coming year has been presented in the form of a compilation.
The agenda document mainly focuses on four areas:
- The coal sector reforms include various projects for the year 2021-22 such as: Jharia master plan, regulatory reforms (exploration), coal beneficiation, coking coal strategy and marketing reforms.
- Change and Sustainability in the Coal Sector: This includes the social aspects associated with change, monetization of decommissioned-coal land and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in case of mining/drone and data related to sustainability (net zero emissions).
- Institution building includes issues related to Coal Controller Organization (CCO), Coal Mines Provident Fund Organization (CMPFO) and upgradation of coal testing laboratories and quality of staff and their training.
- Coal to Chemical on the future agenda: This includes syn-gas, hydrogen gas, liquid fuels, chemicals and fertilisers. Coal India Limited (CIL) striving to diversify its business, is exploring possibilities in Sunrise Industries, Electric Charging Pods etc.
This agenda has been prepared by the Ministry of Coal with a monitoring and review framework. This will be reviewed by the Coal Secretary from time to time.
With 36 billion tonnes of lignite and cumulative coal reserves of 319.02 billion tonnes, India is the fifth largest coal reserve and second largest coal producer.
Source – The Hindu