Ministry of Coal Current Affairs

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.

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Lok Sabha passes Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015

Lok Sabha on 4 March 2015 passed the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015. This bill will replace the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) second ordinance, 2014.

Key facts

  • The bill has provisions for allocation of coal mines through a transparent bidding process i.e e-auction.
  • The e-auction of coal blocks will ensure the continuity in coal mining operations and promoting optimum utilization of coal resources.
  • Bill also facilitate e-auction of coal blocks for private companies for captive use and allot mines directly to state and central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

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