Coal Ministry launches web portal to rate mines, promote safe & sustainable practices

New Delhi: In order to promote green, safe and sustainable mining practices using technology as a tool, the Ministry of Coal (MoC) announced yesterday that it has launched a web portal for star rating of coal mines. Union Minister for Coal & Mines, Pralhad Joshi, launched this portal in New Delhi today which enables all operational coal mines across India for self-rating, their subsequent validation by Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO), further evaluation and finally an award of star rating.

Based on the ratings obtained through a well-defined mechanism on this portal, the highest scoring mines in the country will be awarded in a public ceremony. Besides, all the mines will be given an official certificate by the CCO mentioning their star rating and the particular reporting year.

Mines that score from 91-100% will get 5 stars, 81-90% will get 4 stars, 71-80% will get 3 stars, 61-70% will receive 2 stars, 41-60% will be rated 1 star, and mines that score 40% or below will get no star on the portal as per laid down procedures of the Star Rating Policy for Coal Mines in India. 

The portal will provide a login to each coal mine for self-evaluation along with the necessary documents for testimonials. The field offices of CCO will be provided a separate login to the web portal through which they can access the submissions of self-evaluation. A validation committee constituted through CCO will put the final remarks based on the laid down policy and finally the star rating will be recorded on the portal.

Notably, the Ministry of Coal last year had formulated a Star Rating Policy for coal mines in India. This policy envisages 50 evaluation parameters in opencast mines and 47 in underground mines as star rating criteria under seven broad modules, viz. Mining Operations Related Parameters; Environment related parameters; Adoption of Technologies: Best Mining Practices; Economic performance; Rehabilitation & Resettlement related parameters; Worker related Compliance; and Safety and security related parameters. Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary Vinod Kumar Tiwari, and other Senior officials were present at the event.

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