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In a Dither over Coking Coal

In a Dither over Coking Coal Mayuraksha THE threat to revoke mining licences and terminate leases held out by the Minister of State for Steel and Mines, P C Sethi, indicates the desperate straits the Government has been forced into because of the lack of a coherent policy towards coking coal all these years. The immediate provocation for the confrontation between the Government and the coal industry is the disruption in coking coal supply to the public sector steel plants because of the flooding of mines, but it raises certain important issues of policy. Principal among these are the conservation of our meagre coking coal resources, regulation of coking coal extraction and supply to priority consuming industries, encouragement of better mining methods and mechanisation and amalgamation of uneconomic mines. Unfortunately, on none of these major issues has the Government's policy been clear in the past.
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