ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MINING-No Time to Play It Cool

No Time to Play It Cool Magnus THE Department of Mines, under the Ministry of Steel and Mines, has been in the news quite often during the past two years for its ''takeover' activities. Its Report for 1972-73 is however a dull document compared to its predecessor. The Department of Mines, like All India Radio, seems to believe firmly that what is due to happen in future (particularly in government agencies) is much more newsy than what has happened in the recent past. Its Report thus serves up a curious mixture of facts, fallacies and predictions. Data on actual performance are presented along with figures abstracted from reports of the Fuel Policy Committee, various Task Forces and the Plans; to these is added some plain wishful thinking. To take the example of coal; output is reported to have increased from 72 mn to 75 mn tonnes, and the target for the current year is given as 80 mn tonnes. The Task- Force set up by the Planning Commission estimates the demand for 1978-70 as 143 mn tonnes. Ergo, the Ministry comes up with a quick breakdown of how the four public sector companies would boost their production (not merely capacity) from 72 mn to 113 mn tonnes in the next four years. It would be a miracle, and one wishes them the best of luck.

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