Coal, power minister assures  policy-driven governance

New Delhi : Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, who assumed office, has assured a more policy and process driven governance along with a transparent co-ordination with the private sector.

“The private sector has a very important role to play in the nation’s development and I think we can work together with the private sector again with far more transparency than we have seen in the past so that as Mr Modi said, it’s more of public private and people partnership,” Goyal said after assuming office.

Agreeing that coal has been a headline-seeking ministry, Goyal said the new government would work towards a rationalised and simplified system. “It (coal) is a headline seeking ministry but I think, in my experience, what is important is that we set the processes right and we follow procedure and policy,” Goyal said.

A charted accountant and law graduate, Goyal, 49, has taken charge of the coal ministry at a significant time as the previous government had drawn flak from all corners when a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General pegged notional loss at 1.86 trln rupees due to award of coal blocks without following the auction method of allotment.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans about the energy sector, Goyal said the former believed that coal, power and to some extent the environment ministries need to work in tandem. Goyal said he was looking forward to work in coordination with his environment counterpart Prakash Javadekar to ensure faster clearance of mining projects while keeping environmental

interests in mind.

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n Will be more policy, process driven
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