India’s coal sector employs over 369,000, production nears 1 billion tonne mark, ET EnergyWorld

New Delhi: The ministry of coal said that the employment in India’s coal sector has reached 369,053, including 128,236 contractual workers, as the country aims to surpass a coal production target of 1 billion tonne in the current financial year. This workforce also supports approximately 310,000 pensioners, showcasing the sector’s significant role in India’s employment landscape and social welfare.

From 2014 to February 2024, Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries have added 59,681 personnel, while NLC India Limited has recruited 4,265 individuals, the coal ministry said. “These efforts underscore our commitment to enhancing employment opportunities in line with increasing production demands,” it added.

The ministry also highlighted that in the ongoing financial year, CIL and its subsidiaries have hired 5,711 individuals under the Mission Mode Recruitment initiative, with NLC India Limited bringing in an additional 661 personnel.

As coal production reached 900 million tonne (MT) as of March 6, 2024, the industry is on track to achieve the ambitious goal of over 1 billion tonne within the year, driven by growing energy demands and infrastructure development projects across the country.

“The surge in coal mining activities is expected to continue fueling employment growth, offering both direct and indirect job opportunities that contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation,” the coal ministry said.

  • Published On Mar 12, 2024 at 08:49 AM IST

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