Minister of State for Coal, Pratik Prakashbapu Patil in a written reply to Lok Sabha said that the draft policy regarding disposal of surplus coal from captive coal mines blocks and washery products which was finalised by the Ministry of Coal, has now been temporarily set aside for further inter-ministerial discussions. The coal ministry has circulated the draft policy to ministries of law, power, finance, Railways and DIPP for further discussions on the issue.

The Minister added that as per the decision of EGOM on Ultra Mega Power Projects the policy on usage of surplus coal would be made with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs after obtaining recommendations of Committee of Secretaries (CoS).

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