Budget: Govt to devise PPP policy with CIL
New Delhi, Feb 28 : Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said a Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy framework with state-run miner Coal India Limited (CIL) will be devised to increase coal production in the country.
Chidambaram in his Budget speech in Lok Sasbha on Thursday said: "In the medium to long term, we must reduce our dependence on imported coal. One of the ways forward is to devise a PPP policy framework, with Coal India Limited as one of the partners, in order to increase the production of coal for supply to power producers and other consumers."
"These matters are under active consideration and the Minister of Coal will announce Government's policies in this behalf in due course," he said.
"Despite abundant coal reserves, we continue to import large volumes of coal," said the minister.
Coal imports during the period April-December, 2012 have crossed 100 million tones.
It is estimated that imports will rise to 185 million tones in 2016-17.
If the coal requirements of the existing power plants and the power plants that will come into operation by 31.3.2015 are taken into account, there is pricing, he said.
"Hon'ble Members are aware that the Government has approved a scheme for the financial restructuring of DISCOMS to restore the health of the power sector. I would urge State Governments to prepare the financial restructuring plans quickly, sign the MoU, and take advantage of the scheme," said Chidambaram.