The Union minister, who inaugurated a two-day national conference of coal and mines department at the Statue of Unity at Kevadia, said the purpose of the meeting is to chalk out an action plan to minimize imports and make the country self-sufficient in coal. The BJP-led NDA government at the centre has brought transparency in auction of coal mines. Now anyone one can apply for lease of a coal mine in the country, Joshi added.
Coal India, a public sector undertaking, has prepared an action plan to mine one billion tonnes of coal by 2023-24.
The conference is being attended by senior officials of coal and mining ministry and public sector undertakings.