The ministry of coal is planning to link the mining plan portal with PARIVESH website, a single-window hub for online submission, monitoring, and management of proposals submitted to the Environment Ministry by project proponents to seek various types of environment clearances (EC).
- This announcement was made by Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain during a stakeholder consultation on auction of coal mines for commercial mining organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Efforts taken by government for ease of doing business in the coal sector:
–Decrease in clearance time: To seek environment clearance (EC) (for a mine) 300-250 days were taken. In 2019, it came down to 110 days. Now Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has made it to 90 days.
-For commercial mining many relaxations have been provided in the bidding terms.
-In June 2020, the government launched the auction process for 41 coal blocks for commercial mining, a move that opens India’s coal sector for private players, and termed it a major step in the direction of achieving self-reliance. Read Coal Ministry & FICCI Initiated e-Auction Process of 41 Coal blocks for Commercial mining
About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister of coal– Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi (Constituency: Dharwad, Karnataka)
President– Sangita Reddy
Secretary General– Dilip Chenoy
Headquarter– New Delhi