One of the most vital pillars of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat strategy is the opening up of commercial coal mining. But local state capacity has to be significantly improved to deal with existing mining issues. While the central government auctions coal blocks, state governments need to handle local issues efficiently and with sensitivity. State governments must collaborate with the central government to handle the resettlement process and provide new job opportunities and economic benefits to affected populations while maintaining law and order.
Unfortunately, in Jharkhand, chief minister Hemant Soren has chosen to oppose commercial coal mining, which damages our national interests because it makes it difficult to deal with local issues thereby slowing down commercial mining.