coal sector Current Affairs - 2019

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Coal India to produce 1 billion tons of coal by 2024

On November 2, 2019, the coal Ministry has announced that Coal India Limited (CIL) will produce 750 million tons of coal by the end of financial year 2020-21. It will further increase the coal production to 1 billion tons by 2023-24.

Currently CIL has a target of 660 million tons of coal production. This is 82% of country’s coal output.

Highlights

  • At the 45th Foundation Day of CIL, the Minister of Coal and Mines announced the above target. Also, the ministry is to boost new jobs by 10,000.
  • Coal India Limited is to get associated with Jal Shakti Abhiyan to conserve water and provide treated mine water to the populace in and around mining areas.
  • Under the Corporate Social Responsibility  the CIL will participate in Tuberculosis Eradication Programme of GoI and will help eradicate the disease in and around mining areas.

Significance

  • As the demand for power is rising steeply, there is enough opportunity for both government and private sectors to produce coal without adversely impacting each other.
  • With government’s recent decision of 100% FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in coal sector, the coal import will be greatly minimized.

 

Government launches UTTAM App for coal quality monitoring

The Ministry of Coal has launched UTTAM (Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal) Application for coal quality monitoring. The app aims to ensure transparency and efficiency in coal quality monitoring process and bring coal governance closer to people.

Key Facts

The app has been jointly developed by Ministry of Coal and Coal India Limited (CIL). The app has been designed for active participation of citizens as stakeholders in the coal ecosystem. The app seeks to monitor the process of Third Party Sampling of coal and coal dispatches across all the CIL subsidiaries. It will facilitate bidirectional channel between CIL and a common citizen.

The app provides coverage of Third Party Sampling which includes information on production, dispatch and quantity sampled of coal. It has interactive map based view to provide holistic coverage of coal quality across subsidiaries on quality parameters such as declared Gross Calorific Value (GCV), analysed GCV and coverage parameters such as location and quantity sampled.

The information provided by app will help citizens and coal consumers to compare and assess coal quality. It will provide proper mapping of grade of coal dispatched to the consumers. It also presents latest quantity sampled in of coal power and non-power sector, bringing transparency in coal quality assessment system.