New Delhi: The government announced Thursday a three-fold increase in ex-gratia amount to Rs 15 lakh for fatal accidents in coal mines, a measure that will cover more than 3.5 lakh families of workers of Coal India. The welfare measure will cover both permanent and contract-basis workers, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said.
“I announce enhancement in ex-gratia from Rs 5,00,000 to Rs 15 lakh for the coal workers, both permanent as well as the contractors, in case of fatal mine accidents,” Joshi was quoted as saying in a release by the Coal Ministry.
Addressing coal miners of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Odisha, Pralhad Joshi said that this welfare measure will cover over 3.5 lakh families of miners working under Coal India and its subsidiaries in eight states.
The minister also undertook an aerial survey and inspection of mining operations of Talcher coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited in Odisha, which is the second biggest subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL) and contributes about 25 per cent to the total coal production of the Maharatna firm.
Joshi said that the Government of India was committed to uplifting the standard of living of common man and is steadily working towards creating more jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for the youth. He also announced that Mahanadi Coalfields would offer employment to over 4,000 land oustees by the financial year 2024-25.
The minister further announced that Mahanadi Coalfields will invest more than Rs 9,000 crore in years to come for the creation of railway infrastructure enabling seamless transportation of coal from across MCL mines.
The minister, who was on his maiden visit to MCL for reviewing mining operations of the company, also laid the foundation stone of MCL DAV School, Lingaraj Area, which will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore. Beginning with the initial student intake of 1,300, it is proposed to be extended up to 3,000.