Shri Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Coal, Govt of India, on Thursday reviewed the functioning of coal PSUs, including state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) and asked the companies to achieve the production target. The minister also asked the public sector companies in the coal sector to stick to their promised quality and grade of the fossil fuel.
"Chaired a review meeting today via VC, with coal PSUs. Emphasised on achieving production target and liquidating pithead stocks, adhering to promised quality & grade," the minister said in a tweet.
Chaired a review meeting today via VC, with coal PSUs. Emphasised on achieving production target and liquidating pithead stocks, adhering to promised quality & grade.— Pralhad Joshi (@JoshiPralhad) May 6, 2021
Also appreciated their efforts in mobilising resources to strengthen the fight against Covid. #CoalWarriors pic.twitter.com/MZ6UGtRdR6
Joshi also said that he appreciates the efforts of coal PSUs in mobilising resources to strengthen the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and has given the PSUs a moral booster to keep up the good work.
Coal India Limited (CIL), which accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output, is eyeing 670 million tonnes (MT) of coal output in the ongoing fiscal ie. 2021-22.
Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Tuesday said, "its operations slowed down on account of more than 5,400 of the company's employees and their wards across subsidiaries testing positive for coronavirus".
However, offtake rose to 54.1 MT last month, the company added in the statement.
"Despite the setback, coal supplies logged a 3.3 per cent growth compared to a COVID free April of FY'20 while the growth was even higher at 6.1 per cent against April FY'19 when CIL chalked up its highest ever coal off-take of 607 MT," the company later mentioned.
CIL produced 596 MT of coal in FY 2020-21.