Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Friday said despite the constraints on account of coronavirus outbreak, it recorded close to 3 million tonnes (MT) production on Thursday, the second highest single day production during the fiscal. Coal is an ‘essential service’ as recognized under Emergency Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) 1981, and services engaged in coal industry are ‘public utility service’.
“Coal production by CIL recorded close to 3 MTs on Thursday, the second highest one day’s production this fiscal, despite the constraints in the wake of corona virus pandemic,” CIL said in a statement.
The company has been averaging 2.56 MTs production per day during the current month with supplies averaging 1.75 MTs.
“Coal being the important primary fuel for the country there will be no let up in coal production” the company said, adding “we are mobilizing all our resources and will keep on resolving the issues and continue to produce, notwithstanding the adversities”.
The statement said that the top brass of the Maharatna public sector undertaking is in contact with the Ministry of Coal and state administrations to synergise the efforts necessary to keep up with production and despatches.
Daily coordination meetings are being held with CMDs of subsidiary companies to monitor the production and upping the medical facilities.