The Minister of Coal and Mines, Shri
Pralhad Joshi announced 300 per cent hike in ex-gratia amount from Rs 5 lakhs
to Rs 15 lakhs, for fatal coal mines accidents.
Addressing the coal miners 7 November
2019 at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
(MCL) in Odisha, he said that this welfare measure will cover over 3.5 lakh
families of miners working under Coal India and its subsidiaries in eight
states of the country.
Minister undertook an
aerial survey of mining operations of Talcher Coalfields
The Minister of Coal and Mines
undertook an aerial survey and inspection of mining operations of Talcher
Coalfields in Mahanadi Coalfields Limited in Odisha, which is the second
biggest subsidiary of state-run company Coal India Limited (CIL) that contributes
about 25 per cent to the total coal production of CIL.
Paying tributes to the coal miners
who laid down their lives in mine accidents, Shri Joshi said, “I announce
enhancement in ex-gratia from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for the coal workers,
both permanent as well as the contractors, in case of fatal mine accident.”
Govt committed to
uplift the standard of living of common man
Shri Joshi said that the Government
of India is committed to uplift the standard of living of common man and is
steadily working towards creating more jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities
for the youth. He also announced that the Mahanadi Coalfields would offer
employment to over 4000 land oustees by the financial year 2024-25.
The Minister further announced that
Mahanadi Coalfields will invest more than Rs 9000 crores in years to come for
creation of railway infrastructure enabling seamless transportation of coal
from across MCL mines.
MCL run Mobile Medical
Units (MMUs) for brining free healthcare to the doorstep of the needy people.
Seeking cooperation of all the
stakeholders on increasing coal production for the nation, Shri Joshi also
added that MCL will run Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) in the peripheral villages
of its operational areas for brining free healthcare to the doorstep of the
The Minister, who was on his maiden
visit to MCL for reviewing mining operations of the company, also laid the
foundation stone of MCL DAV School, Lingaraj Area, which will be built at an
estimated cost of Rs 45 crore. Beginning with the initial student intake of
1300, it is proposed to be extended up to 3000. The CMD of CIL Shri A. K. Jha
and CMD of MCL Shri B. N. Shukla were also present on the occasion along with