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Significant competition ahead from pvt sector: CIL chairman Gopal Singh

The company has set a 600-million tonne coal production target for 2017-18

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

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India Ltd, which is struggling to meet production targets, foresees significant competition coming in from the private sector in the future, a top official of the company has said.

"More challenging times are ahead. Soon, mines for commercial exploitation will be offered to the private sector and in the not-too-distant future, private sector production may turn out to be significant," India chairman said in a closed-door video address to employees of all subsidiaries while congratulating them on their promotions.

The company has set a 600-million tonne coal production target for 2017-18.

officers said it was for the first time that any chairman personally interacted with staff to congratulate them on their promotion and listened to problems faced by them first hand.

In his address, Singh highlighted the need to gear up and meet the challenges ahead, sources told PTI.

Singh expressed concern over the rising cost of production for the miner and told his colleagues that in the future, when private players become active in commercial mining, the cost of production will become crucial for business.

He asked the officers to give villagers their due in the mining areas and listen to their concerns.

"The land belongs to the villagers. You must respect them and be polite and attempt to resolve their issues," he said.

At a time when land acquisition is becoming increasingly difficult, such comments may make some difference, a officer said.

Singh also said that he was confident that Coal India's employees will meet the challenges facing them.

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 14:32 IST