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Coal Minister announces 300% increase in Ex-Gratia for fatal Coal Mine Accidents

The Minister of Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshi announced 300 per cent hike in ex-gratia amount from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs, for fatal coal mines accidents. Addressing the coal miners today at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Odisha, he said that this welfare measure will cover over 3.5 lakh families of miners working under Coal India and its subsidiaries in eight states of the country.

The Minister of Coal and Mines undertook an aerial survey and inspection of mining operations of Talcher Coalfields in Mahanadi Coalfields Limited in Odisha, which is the second biggest subsidiary of state-run company Coal India Limited (CIL) that contributes about 25 per cent to the total coal production of CIL.

The Union Minister for Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi undertaking an aerial survey and inspection of mining operations of Talcher Coalfields in MCL.

Paying tributes to the coal miners who laid down their lives in mine accidents, Shri Joshi said, “I announce enhancement in ex-gratia from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for the coal workers, both permanent as well as the contractors, in case of fatal mine accident.” Shri Joshi said that the Government of India is committed to uplift the standard of living of common man and is steadily working towards creating more jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for the youth. He also announced that the Mahanadi Coalfields would offer employment to over 4000 land oustees by the financial year 2024-25.

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