The government of Tuesday said it is the right time to completely extract the available coal resources in the country in a bid to usher in more capital into investments, develop backward regions and expand industries.
The statement comes in the backdrop of a growing debate on climate change and assumptions that the demand of coal may come down after some time.
‘Climate change debate is going around. Everyone is now saying that demand for coal may come down after some time. So this is the right time for us to completely fully extract the available coal in the country so that we will be able to bring more capital into investment, develop backward regions and establish good industries and ensure that the country is progressing on the right track,’ Coal Additional Secretary M Nagaraju said.
He was speaking during second stakeholders’ consultation on second tranche of auction of coal mines for commercial mining, organised by industry body Ficci.
Coal reserves, he said, are situated in the most backward regions where very poor people reside. So the development of these mining blocks will provide them the opportunity for good livelihoods and lift them out of the poverty, Nagaraju noted.
India still imports substantial amount of coal, both coking and non-coking, thereby spending precious foreign exchange, he said.