Policy on disposal of surplus coal kept in abeyance: Govt

The policy with regard to disposal of surplus coal from captive coal mines which was finalised by the coal ministry has been kept in abeyance for further inter-ministerial consultations, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

Updated: May 07, 2013, 17:51 PM IST

New Delhi: The policy with regard to disposal of surplus coal from captive coal mines which was finalised by the coal ministry has been kept in abeyance for further inter-ministerial consultations, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

"Policy regarding disposal of surplus coal from captive coal blocks and washery products was finalised by the Ministry of Coal which is kept in abeyance for further inter- ministerial consultations," Minister of State for coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The Minister further said that as per the decision of Empowered Group of Ministers on Ultra Mega Power Projects "the same (the policy on usage of surplus coal) would be made with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) after obtaining recommendations of Committee of Secretaries (CoS)."

The power ministry has suggested to the coal ministry to incentivise surplus coal production from captive mines.

The coal ministry is seeking comments from various ministries, including power, finance, law and railways on the policy on usage of surplus coal.

The draft policy (on usage of surplus coal from mines) which has been kept in abeyance has been circulated to ministries of law, power, finance, Railways and DIPP for consultation on the issue.

Earlier, the government had said the policy on the usage of surplus coal produced in mines allocated for captive use to firms would be finalised by November 30 last year.

PTI