State-owned Coal India suffered an average daily production hit of 56% during the three-day strike by staff in opposition to the federal government’s transfer to open the sector to non-public gamers, an official stated.
A union chief of Coal India had earlier claimed that there was substantial hit in coal output during the strike days.
The coal staff had been on strike from Thursday to Saturday in protest in opposition to the federal government’s transfer to open the coal sector for business mining.
The average daily production by the PSU on the three days was 5,73,000 tonnes, which is 44% of the final 10 days’ average production (from June 22 to July 1) of 12,96,900 tonnes, the official stated.
The Coal Ministry official stated production may happen even on strike days as Coal India employs round one lakh contract staff.
Of the three days of strike, most output was recorded on Saturday, the official stated. Coal produced by CIL on Saturday stood at 6,83,000 tonnes, which was 53% of the final 10 days’ average production of 12,96,900 tonnes.
On Friday, the Maharatna agency produced 5,55,000 tonnes of coal (43 per cent of final 10 days’ average production). On the primary day of the strike on Thursday, output was 4,81,000 tonnes, or 37% of the final 10 days’ average production.
Coal India accounts for over 80% of home coal output. The PSU is eyeing one billion tonnes of production by 2023-24.