Coal production affected in Naxal areas

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 15:12 hrs

New Delhi, Mar 19 (IBNS) Production of coal suffered due to Naxalite activities in Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) of Jharkhand state, said Minister of State for Coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil.

"Loss in coal production on account of naxal bandhs during the period April'12 to Feb'13 in CCL was approximately 1.6 Lakh Tonnes," said Patil in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Minister said that as such, police and public order are state subjects and action with respect to maintenance of law and order lies primarily with the state governments.

"The Central Government closely monitors the situation and supplements the efforts of the State Governments over a wide range of measures including assisting them under security and development related schemes.

"Separately, the Central Coalfields Ltd. (CCL) has indicated that they are trying to make up the loss in production by increasing coal production on other working days," said Patil.

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