Over 13mn dependent on coal economy in India: Study

A study to assess the ‘Socio-economic impacts of coal transition in India’ released on Monday has said that at a conservative estimate, more than 13 million people employed in coal mining, transport, power, sponge iron, steel, and bricks sectors will be impacted due to the impending coal transition.

The transition out of coal will have the highest impact on the people in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana, the study by the National Foundation for India (NFI), a think tank, and launched by Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Anil Jain, said.

The coal transition that formed the basis of the study is with reference to India’s agreement at the recently concluded COP26 at Glasgow to a clause in the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ that calls for a phase down of unabated coal power while recognising the need for support towards just transitions.

The Pact also recognised that there is a need for accelerated action in this critical decade, on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge and equity, reflecting common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in the light of different national circumstances and in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.

“I really liked the idea of defining a coal transition worker that NFI introduces in their research. We need to identify the people, whose lives and careers will be impacted when transition happens

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