STAR RATING OF COAL MINES
Context: Ministry of Coal (MoC) has launched a web portal for star rating of coal mines in order to promote green, safe and sustainable mining practices using technology as a tool.
The new Portal launched in New Delhi enables all operational coal mines across India for self-rating, their subsequent validation by Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO), further evaluation and finally award of star rating. HOW THIS STAR RATING OF COAL MINES WORK? Based on the star ratings obtained through a well-defined mechanism on this web portal, the highest scoring mines in the country will be awarded in a public ceremony. Besides, all the mines will be given an official certificate by the CCO mentioning their star rating and the particular reporting year. The rating criteria of the Mines as per laid down procedures of the Star Rating Policy for Coal Mines in India are as follows:
- 5-Star Ratings: Score from 91 to 100%
- 4-Star Ratings: Score from 81 to 90%
- 3-Star Ratings: Score from 71 to 80%
- 2-Star Ratings: Score from 61 to 70%
- 1-Star Ratings: Score from 41 to 60%
- No Star Ratings: Score from 0 to 40%
The portal will provide a login to each coal mine for self-evaluation along with necessary documents for testimonials. The field offices of CCO will be provided a separate login to the web portal through which they can access the submissions of self-evaluation.
Ministry of Coal last year had formulated a Star Rating Policy for Coal Mines in India. This policy envisages 50 evaluation parameters in Opencast Mines and 47 in Underground Mines as star rating criteria under seven broad modules namely:
- Mining Operations Related Parameters;
- Environment related parameters;
- Adoption of Technologies: Best Mining Practices;
- Economic performance;
- Rehabilitation & Resettlement related parameters;
- Worker related Compliance;
- Safety and security related parameters.
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