Coal India units get minister’s awards
Union coal and mines minister Pralhad Joshi presented coal minister’s award to Central Coalfields Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL) with its headquarters in Ranchi, at a function in New Delhi on Thursday.
The minister also presented the same award, instituted for promoting best and sustainable coal mining in the country, to other CIL subsidiaries.
While Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) received the award for outstanding performance in coal production, Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) got it for sustainable mining.
“Coal is and will remain the lifeline of our energy aspirations,” Joshi said on the occasion, adding the country aimed to become self-reliant in coal production with due care to safety and sustainability.
CCL CMD P.M. Prasad and P.K. Sinha and Manoj Kumar, his counterparts in NCL and WCL respectively, received the awards in presence of Union coal secretary Anil Kumar Jain and CIL chairman Pramod Agarwal.
The coal minister also launched Project Passion — the enterprise resource planning (EPR) for CIL — at the same function.
EPR will be implemented in two phases. While it was launched for CIL headquarters, WCL and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited on Thursday, it will be introduced in the rest six subsidiaries in August this year.
“Implementation of EPR will help CIL in real-time decision making, improving efficiency and reducing cost,” the minister said, adding it will also empower CIL to achieve one billion tonnes coal production by 2023-24.