The Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Prahlad Joshi has launched NLC India Limited’s new Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation (R&R) policy for the landowners of the NLCIL mine area. Appreciating the efforts of NLCIL and the Government of Tamil Nadu in formulating a very flexible resettlement policy with multiple options available to the affected people, Prahlad Joshi ensured that the affected villagers would be compensated based on a fair and transparent process.
The union coal minister said that there is a provision to provide more facilities to the project-affected families in the new policy. He informed that NLCIL has signed an MoU with the Government of Tamil Nadu to provide skill development to youth under Skill India Mission. The minister said that the new RR policy will pave the way for sustainable livelihood and make every village self-reliant.
Addressing the function virtually, the Minister of State for Coal, Mines and Railways, Raosaheb Patil Danve said that besides benefiting the villagers, this policy aims to increase the power generation by NLCIL. The Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, C.V. Ganesan participated and urged NLCIL to implement the new policy effectively to benefit the villagers. MPs, MLAs, senior officials of the Coal Ministry and NLCIL, and villagers participated in this programme.
Under social responsibility, NLC works for for the betterment of stakeholders, especially the project-affected people through rehabilitation and rehabilitation initiatives, CSR schemes and welfare measures like skill development, water resource augmentation and various other measures.
NLCIL started its operations in 1956 in lignite mining and lignite based power generation in Tamil Nadu. In more than six decades, the company has diversified into coal-based power generation, renewable energy, primarily solar, and coal mining. It has established a pan-India presence with 50.60 MTPA of mining and 6,061 MW of power generation capacity.