Govt plans cut in coal imports in coming years to save forex, create jobs

India plans to significantly reduce its thermal coal imports in "the next few years" to save foreign exchange and create jobs through the development of existing and new coal blocks, a senior official in the federal coal ministry said on Tuesday. Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, the world's largest consumer, importer and producer of the fuel after China.

India spent 1.58 trillion rupees ($21.28 billion) on importing 247 million tonnes of coal, including 197 million tonnes of thermal grade,.....

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