Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pralhad Joshi has launched a web portal developed by the Ministry of Coal, here today to ensure real-time reporting of accidents occurring in coal mines. The portal was developed by Coal India Limited (CIL) to facilitate accident investigation using root cause analysis techniques to ensure the removal of the cause of accidents. The portal will facilitate the monitoring of the measures to be taken by coal companies on the recommendations of various surveys in order to minimize these impacts.
Addressing the 47th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Safety in Coal Mines, Minister Shri Joshi reiterated that safety is the top priority in the coal sector and advised all coal companies to ensure that ‘there is no shortage of funds to ensure security measures. He praised the coal companies for the best performance ever in coal production this year despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the prolonged monsoon season in the coal areas.
Shri Joshi mentioned that in the fiscal year 2021-22, the Indian coal sector reached a record production of 777.23 million tonnes (MT) compared to 716 MT in 2020-21 with a growth of 8.55 %. Meanwhile, coal shipments increased by 18.43% to 818.04 MT in FY 2021-22 from 690.71 MT in FY 2020-21.
The Standing Committee is the highest tripartite committee at the national level responsible for reviewing the state of coal mine safety and the adequacy of existing measures in a spirit of mutual cooperation and the sharing of ideas and suggestions. The meeting brought together representatives of trade unions, agents of the General Directorate of Mine Safety and CMDs and CEOs of various coal companies in the public and private sector.
Minister Shri Joshi also suggested the following steps:
Adopt advanced technology to ensure safety in coal mines.
Strengthening the occupational health service infrastructure and monitoring mechanism to ensure the safety and health of our employees.
Capacity building for training and skills development among employees and PAFs.
Improved safety, health and basic facilities of contractor workers deployed in PSU mines, Coal mines Pvt as well as rental equipment (HOE) patches and developer and operator patches of mine (MDO).
Improve the awareness and sensitivity of all stakeholders to mine safety.
(With GDP entries)