India’s total coal production recorded a slight decline of 2.02 per cent to 716.084 million tonnes during the last fiscal year.
The country produced 730.874 million tons of coal (MT) of coal in FY’20, according to provisional statistics from the Ministry of Coal 2020-21.
Of the total production of 716,084 MT, 671,297 MT is non-coke coal, and the remaining 44,787 MT is coke coal, it is stated.
Of the nation’s total output, part of the 685,951 MT was produced by the public sector, and the remaining 30,133 MT was produced by the private sector.
In FY 2020-21, Chhattisgarh recorded the largest 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 largest producer of coking coal with a production of 44,387 MT, which was 99.11% of the total production of coking coal of 44,787 MT.
Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said that although the impact of the pandemic was everywhere, the coal sector has shown its resilience reflecting the criticality of its contribution to the stable development of the Indian economy.
Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain said coal forms the backbone of India’s energy system, as it contributes nearly 58 percent of the country’s commercial primary supply, and coal-based energy accounts for more than 70 percent of the country’s energy production.
Coal India Ltd alone accounts for 83.26% of the country’s coal production.