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This File was last Updated/Modified: November 03 2014 16:54:44.Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Coal and Lignite

Dated 30th October 2000


1. Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary (Coal) Chairman
2. Principal Adviser (Energy), Planning Commission Member
3. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal Member
4. Chairman, Coal India Limited Member
5. Chairman, Singarem Collieries Co. Ltd. Member 
6. Chairman, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Member 
7. Representative of me Ministry of Power Member 
8. Representative of the Ministry of Steel Member 
9. Representative of the Central Electricity Authority Member 
10. Representative of the Railway Board Member 
11. Representative of the Ministry of Finance (Plan Finance) Member 
12. Adviser(PP), Perspective Planning Division, Planning Commission Member 
13. Representative of the Department of Heavy Industries. Member 
14. Representative of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Member 
15. Representative of the Deptt. of Small Scale, Agriculture and Rural Industries Member 
16. Representative of the Ministry of Information Technology Member 
17. Representative of the Department of Industrial Development Member 
18. Representative of the Ministry of Environment and Forests Member 
19. Representative of the Department of Public Enterprises Member 
20. Representative of the Ministry of Surface Transport Member 
21. Representative of the Department of Programme Implementation Member 
22. Two Representatives of the Department of Science and Technology One each from CMRI and CFRL Member 
23. Representative of the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) Member 
24. Representative of FICCI/CII Member 
25. Adviser (Projects), Ministry of Coal Member 
26. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal - Member-Secretary Member 

Terms of Reference :

  1. Review the status of reforms carried out in Coal Sector and make recommendations for further reforms, specially for facilitating private sector participation in coal exploration, mining, beneficiation, etc. with an objective to have access to latest technologies of coal exploration, production and utilization and to increase competitiveness.
  2. Prepare an exploration programme for both regional/promotional and detailed exploration for coal and lignite with an objective to intensify exploration for coal and lignite to upgrade their reserves and proven and mine-able categories. Make an assessment of the capabilities of the exploration agencies for carrying out the exploration programme and the need for participation of private sector
  3. Make a year-wise projection of coal and lignite demand within a perspective of 15 years for the period 2002-03 to 2006-07 (Tenth Five Year Plan) and to 2011-12 and 2016-17, with an objective to meet the projected demand of power sector in particular and other end-use sectors in general based on their respective requirement for both coking and non-coking coal.
  4. Indicate the pattern of growth and efficiency of utilization of coal and lignite for the various end-use sectors. Indicate import requirements of both coking and non-coking coal and scope for substitution of petroleum products by coal and lignite.
  5. Make a year-wise, coal and lignite production programme for augmentation of coal production capacity to meet the projected demand of power sector in particular and all other end-use sectors, with related financial and economic implications. Indicate the gap, if any, between demand and domestic availability of coal and lignite and suggest appropriate measures including private sector participation to meet these.
  6. Make an assessment of the financial and technical capabilities of the public sector coal companies and suggest their restructuring with a view to make them viable for achieving the projected coal and lignite production.
  7. Make appropriate recommendations for promotion of clean coal technologies comprising washing and beneficiation of both coking coal for steel sector and non-coking coal for power sector, extraction of deep seated coal resources by means of underground coal gasification; extraction of Coal Bed Methane (CBM); coal slurry transportation; Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), Fluidised Bed Combustion (FBC), etc. for efficient and economic utilization of these resources as well as improvement of environmental aspects. Suggest measures for developing coal gasification and networking of gas pipelines for transport of coal gas to various consumers, in coordination with Oil Sector.
  8. Make an assessment of the reserves of CBM in potential coalfields and recommend suitable technology for its exploitation.
  9. Suggest measures for improving the domestic availability of washed coking coal for steel sector with an objective to reduce import dependence by improving the performance of coking coal washeries. Suggest measures, including setting up of new washery capacity, to supply non-coking coal with an ash content of 34% for power generation in compliance with the directive of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).
  10. Make appropriate recommendations for development of port and rail infrastructure for coal movement with an objective to reduce dependence on road transportation. Suggest measures for improvement of the existing infrastructure for coal movement from collieries to consuming centers, as well as development of other infrastructures and facilities, tike, power, communication, water, etc. for meeting the requirements for projected coal production.
  11. Suggest suitable measures for effecting improvement in formulation of coal and lignite projects and minimizing time and cost over-runs in their implementation.
  12. Suggest measures for effective implementation of environmental management plans.
  13. Make an assessment of the current status of S and T/R and D activities in the coal and lignite sector and to formulate and recommend schemes, projects and programmes in specified areas in view of the emerging energy scenario and environmental implications. Suggest appropriate measures for development of in-house R and D in the coal companies.
  14. Make an assessment of the Safety and Welfare requirements of the workers in both the underground and opencast mines, as well as, in the coal washeries.
  15. Make an assessment of the year-wise investment, including foreign exchange component, for achieving the Tenth Plan objectives and targets, including foreign assistance/loans/buateral collaborations, etc.

In order to assist the Working Group in its task, separate Sub-Groups on specific aspects may be formed by the Working Group.

The Chairman of the Working Group may co-opt experts as Members as and when deemed necessary.

Non-officials shall be entitled to TA/DA as permissible to Grade I officers of the Government of India and the expenditure will be borne by Planning Commission. The TA/DA of Government and Public Sector officials will be borne by their respective organizations.

It is requested that the name(s) of the representative(s) of organization(s) mentioned may kindly be communicated to the Member-Secretary of 1he Working Group under intimation to the Principal Adviser (Energy), Planning Commission, within a week.

The Working Group will submit its report to the Planning Commission latest by the 31st March, 2001.