CCL inks MoU with local administration to fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Raj Kumar
Ranchi: Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL), a Jharkhand-based arm of Coal India Ltd(CIL) has stepped up its fight against ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, besides ensuring increased quantity of coal to power plants in various parts of the country including Delhi.

Under the leadership of CMD CCL P M Prasad and guidance of Directors, CD & CSR Department of CCL has signed MoUs with local administration amounting to about Rs. 10 Crores.

The company has already transferred 6.25 Crores to the local administration and rest amount will be transferred shortly.

CIL and its all subsidiaries including CCL supply raw coal to more than 80 % of power plants in the country. At the time of pandemic, it is the top priority of CCL to ensure interrupted supply of coal to the power plants.

CCL has signed eight separate MoUs with local administration of Ramgarh, Latehar, Chatra, Bokaro, Ranchi, Giridih, Palamu and Hazaribagh in respect to treatment of Covid patients as well as building infrastructure in hospitals.

Recently, CCL management has signed MoU with Latehar district for setting up 12-bed ICU with oxygen supply pipeline at Sadar Hospital. Also setting up PSA Oxygen Plant and strengthening of ICU facility at Sadar Hospital (Chatra district), digital covid centre and high- tech ambulance with oxygen in Bokaro district.

One MoU for Medical College, Hazaribagh is related to procure 100 oxygen concentrator, 100 Jumbo cylinder, 100 B-type cylinder etc so that the Covid-affected person having respiratory issues met get proper treatment within the district itself.

At Ranchi, the state Capital of Jharkhand, CCL is having Gandhinagar Central Hospital which is converted into Covid Hospital by the district administration and large number of Covid patients are undergoing treatment. CCL has earmarked budget of 7.08 lakh under CSR for procurements of drugs, masks, oxygen cylinders for Covid wards.

In FY 2020-21, CCL contributed Rs.26 crore to the Central and State Govt. for tackling the Covid pandemic and CCL also contributed Rs.1.25 crores to the district administration of eight districts where our mines operated including Ranchi district. There were distributions of dry food grains, mask senitizers etc amounting to Rs. 129 lakhs in last fiscal.

Anticipating a rise in power demand in the country, the company is ensuring on an average 49 rakes of coal from its mines to various parts of the country. On 11 May, 55 rakes were sent from various railway sides of the company.

CMD, CCL PM Prasad has exhorted the General Managers in the monthly coordination meeting to ensure coal evacuation adhering Covid protocols.

CMD CCL said that the energy warriors of CCL are carrying out mining activities during the ongoing pandemic to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the power plants.

“This is a time of pandemic and we are committed to serve out stakeholder. We have inked various MoUs with local administration in respect to setting up ICU units, building infrastructures etc for giving better treatment to Covid patients. The company is working to build a sustainably self-reliant India with support of Hon’ble Coal Minister, Coal Secretary Dr Anil Kumar Jain and CIL Chairman Shri Pramod Agarwal. We are getting full support from the Jharkhand Govt. too.” Prasad added.