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Coal mining industry at the crossroads: Towards a coal policy for libralising India

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  • Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

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This paper presents an analysis of the current status of the Indian coal sector, which is poised for major changes with liberalisation and privatisation of the Indian economy, and critically analyses some policy issues. The state-owned Coal India Limited has been ailed by economic problems and has been responsible for causing serious social disruptions and environmental hazards in its areas of operation. The monopoly status that the public sector companies have enjoyed for over 3 decades has acted as a disincentive in improving the social and environmental performance of the industry, the major effort being put on improving the operational processes through the introduction of technology. The substantial liberalisation of the sector would need to prioritise not only a more integrated and investor-friendly regulatory environment but also take a close look at some old laws of colonial vintage, at issues relating to social equity and justice, and incorporate some of the international compliance standards being put forth by the international agencies. The paper also suggests that the government must develop and implement an integrated energy policy, of which coal is a part. Moreover, it must develop efficient coal markets and raise India’s profile in the world coal markets, commensurate with India’s status as the third-largest coal producer in the world.

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  • Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, 2007. "Coal mining industry at the crossroads: Towards a coal policy for libralising India," ASARC Working Papers 2007-16, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:pas:asarcc:2007-16
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    1. Tooraj Jamasb & Rabindra Nepal & Govinda Timilsina & Michael Toman, 2014. "Energy Sector Reform, Economic Efficiency and Poverty Reduction," Discussion Papers Series 529, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    2. Bhattacharya, Mita & Rafiq, Shuddhasattwa & Lean, Hooi Hooi & Bhattacharya, Sankar, 2017. "The regulated coal sector and CO2 emissions in Indian growth process: Empirical evidence over half a century and policy suggestions," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 204(C), pages 667-678.

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