Jamshedpur 24th July 2021: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday asked Coal India to immediately clear dues of Rs 56,000 crore instead of government land allotted for mining.
A delegation led by Pramod Agarwal, chairman and managing director of the domestic coal company, met Soren there.
Coal India, the world’s largest dry-fuel miner, accounts for more than 80% of domestic production.
“During the meeting, Chief Minister Hemant Soren asked the CIL chairman to take steps to make immediate payment of Rs 56,000 crore instead of land allotted to Jharkhand by Coal India for mining,” a state government spokesperson said after the meeting.
The chief minister also emphasized that the behemoth should start paying royalty on an ad valorem basis on coal to the state.
Soren asked Agrawal to come forward to work towards the health sector, including suggestions on the operationalization of super-specialty hospitals by CCL besides ensuring extensive plantation work in the mining area.
Expressing serious concern over the slow progress in the Jharia rehabilitation work, the Chief Minister urged to expedite it.
Meanwhile, a statement from the state government said that the speaker assured the CM to consider the issues raised positively.
Agrawal urged Soren to solve the problems related to land-related to Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL), Rajmahal Project, Land Verification of Central Coalfield Limited (CCL), forest lease, etc., besides ensuring smooth transportation of coal in Amrapali Project.
The statement said that the Chief Minister assured to consider the demands positively.
Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rajiv Arun Ekka, Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Kumar Choubey, State Advocate General Rajiv Ranjan, Eastern Coalfields Chairman-cum-Managing Director PS Mishra, and CCL CMD PM Prasad were also present on this occasion.
Coal India Limited (CIL) is the world’s largest coal producer and one of the largest corporate employers with a manpower of 272445 (as of 1st April 2020).
CIL operates through its subsidiaries in 84 mining areas spread over eight (8) states of India, including Jharkhand.
CIL has seven producing subsidiaries, namely Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), Northern Coalfields Limited ( NCL), and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) and a mine planning and consulting company Central Mine Planning Design Institute (CMPDI).
In addition, CIL has an overseas subsidiary in Mozambique named Coal India Africana Limitada (CIAL).
The mines in Assam i.e. North Eastern Coalfields, are directly managed by CIL.