Coal ministry launches star rating process for coal & lignite mines

The star rating portal was opened for registration on June 1 and 376 mines have applied for participation till June 19

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New Delhi: The coal ministry has announced the launch of registration process for star rating of coal and lignite mines for the 2022-23 fiscal in order to foster competitiveness among mines and recognize their outstanding performance.

The rating is granted to mines on compliance of statutory provisions, adoption of advanced mining technology and economic achievements. The ranking also aims to evaluate mines based on various factors across seven key parameters namely, mining operations, environment-related parameters, adoption of technologies, best mining practices, economic performance, rehabilitation & resettlement, worker-related compliance and safety & security.

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This year’s notification for registration of all coal and lignite mines for the star rating program was issued on 30th May 2023 and star rating portal for registration was opened on June 1. In just a short period up to June 19, a 376 mines have already applied for participation, marking the highest number of participating mines since the program’s inception in 2018-19. The coal ministry is anticipating even more mines to register as the portal will remain open for registration until June 30th.

Participating mines are also encouraged to undertake a comprehensive self-evaluation process, which should be completed by July 31, 2023. Upon completion, the top 10% of the highest-scoring mines will be selected for further validation through an inspection conducted by a committee. While the remaining 90% of the mines will undergo an online review process, all participants can contribute to the evaluation by reviewing other mines.

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The comprehensive review will be finalized by October 31, 2023. Subsequently, a coal controller review will be conducted, leading to the publication of the final results by January 31, 2024. The evaluation will be conducted by the coal controller’s organization, ensuring transparency and impartiality in the assessment.

The ministry aims to elevate the overall performance and sustainability of coal and lignite mining in the country by driving competitiveness and promoting responsible mining practices. The ratings awarded range from five star to no star, comprehensively evaluating each mine’s achievements.

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