- Domestic production of coal is low, so import of coal from abroad was allowed: Singh
- The production of coal in the country has increased, yet its quantity is not as much as it is needed: Singh
- Government brought the situation under control through various measures: Singh
Power Minister: Power Minister Rajkumar Singh said in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that domestic production of coal is not sufficient to meet the needs of thermal power plants, hence the approval was given to import coal from abroad. Singh gave this information in reply to supplementary questions during Question Hour in the Upper House. He said energy consumption has increased by about 21 per cent in the recent past and has increased by about 45 per cent since 2014. He said that the production of coal in the country has increased, yet its quantity is not as much as is required.
The government brought the situation under control
He said that there is a difference of about 1.20 lakh tonnes per day requirement of power stations and availability of domestic coal. Singh said that if the government did not allow the import of coal, it would have faced massive power cuts like some neighboring countries. But the government brought the situation under control through various measures, he said.
What did AAP leader Sanjay Singh say?
Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh said that on one hand Coal India Ltd. The company has announced that its production has increased by 32 per cent but the central government has made it mandatory for states to import 10 per cent coal.
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