Inter-Ministerial Committee for Allocation of Cancelled Coal Blocks





Inter-Ministerial Committee for Allocation of Cancelled Coal Blocks

The Government has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Coal) having members from Ministry of Power, Ministry of Steel, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Department of Economic Affairs and Department of Legal Affairs. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. The terms of reference (ToR) of the IMC are as under:-


i) To advice on the policy issues connected with allocation of 204 coal blocks;

ii) To advice on the issues referred by the nominated authority to the Central Government;

iii) To interact with the industry stakeholders, industry bodies such as FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, Coal Producer Association, Steel Manufacturer Association, Cement Producers Association etc. in order to ascertain their views on the procedure and methodology of auction of coal block.

iv) Any other issue referred by the Ministry of Coal in connection with coal block allocation.

Shri Goyal further stated that IMC is to advise the Central Government on the issues mentioned in its ToR from time to time.
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Rationalisation of Coal Linkages

The global consulting firm KPMG has submitted the draft report on coal rationalisation to Government. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Explaining the objective of the exercise of rationalisation , Shri Goyal said that it is to undertake a comprehensive review of existing sources of coal and consider the feasibility for rationalization of these sources with a view to optimize transportation cost and materialization under the given technical constraints. The end result is expected to be minimization of overall transportation cost and overall optimization of materialisation of coal at thermal power plants. However, figures of savings in transportation cost are dynamic and subject to acceptance and implementation of proposal in part or totality by all the participating stakeholders, he added.

Shri Goyal further stated that since the exercise of coal rationalisation is expected to optimize overall materialisation of coal at thermal power plants, one of the benefits would be increased power generation leading to reduction in power shortages.
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