India’s coal production drops slightly 2% to 716 million tonnes in FY’21

NEW DELHI: India’s total coal production registered a marginal decline of 2.02% to 716.084 million tonnes in the last fiscal year.
The country produced 730.874 million tonnes (MT) of coal in fiscal year 2020, according to 2020-21 provisional statistics from the Ministry of Coal.
Of the total production of 716,084 MT, 671,297 MT was non-coking coal and the remaining 44.787 MT was coking coal, he said.
Of the nation’s total production, a portion of 685.951 MT was produced by the public sector, and the remaining production of 30.133 MT came from the private sector.
In fiscal year 2020-21, Chhattisgarh recorded the highest coal production of 158.409 MT, followed by Odisha 154.150 MT, Madhya Pradesh 132.531 MT and Jharkhand 119.296 MT.
As in previous years, in FY’21, Jharkhand was the leading coking coal producer with an output of 44.387 MT, or 99.11% of the total coking coal production of 44.787 MT.
Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said that although the effect of the pandemic has been everywhere, the coal sector has shown its resilience reflecting the criticality of its contribution to the steady development of the Indian economy.
Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain said that coal is the backbone of India’s energy system, as it contributes nearly 58% of the country’s commercial primary energy supply and energy from coal constitutes over 70% of the electricity produced in the country.
Coal India Ltd alone accounts for 83.26 percent of the country’s coal production.

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