Ministry wants power plants to keep buying coal despite weak demand


India's coal ministry wants electricity generators to keep buying coal, despite a steep fall in power demand due to a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Over three-fourths of the electricity generated in India is coal-fired.

Anil Kumar Jain, the secretary of India's Ministry of Coal, last week wrote to Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, the top bureaucrat in the power ministry, to ensure power generators do not cut back intakes of coal from state-run Coal India Ltd. "I request the Ministry of Power to.

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