Safety in coal mining is a priority for the Centre, the minister said, adding that government has made it mandatory to annually conduct safety audit of all coal mines.
In December last year, CIL arm Eastern Coalfields saw Lalmatia mine collapse that claimed 18 lives.
The incident took place on December 29 when a massive mound of earth came crashing down on excavators at the Lalmatia open cast coal mine, the worst such disaster in over a decade.
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