An indication to this effect was given by Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal when he said, "There is absolutely no change in any of our plans".
     
He was briefing the media a day after the withdrawal of strike by about five lakh coal mine workers across the country. The trade unions called off their five-day strike last night.
     
They were demanding scrapping of the enabling clause for commercial mining by private players and stopping further disinvestment and restructuring of CIL.
     
"The issues (with the unions) have been resolved very amicably," he said while referring to the proposal of the government for offloading stake in Coal India Ltd to meet the Sebi guidelines.
     
Goyal clarified however that he has made a firm commitment that CIL would not be privatised.
     
"There is no (move) to denationalise Coal India. It continues to remain under the management and the control of the government," he said.
     
The minister further said: "If they (Unions) have any concerns in the future, we have constituted a Committee under the (Chairmanship of) Joint Secretary in the (Coal Ministry) so that there are no misapprehension."
     
He added that the action plan on doubling CIL's production target is in place, and the transformation process has been initiated.
     
The minister further said the prior allotees have paid a penalty of Rs 6,100 crore to become eligible for participation in the e-auctions of blocks.
     
Goyal also said that Rs 1 lakh crore worth of orders are being placed by NTPC, CIL, Energy Efficiency Services Limited and PGCIL to boost manufacturing and kick start the economy.
     
Coal workers called off their nationwide strike after two days last night, as the government assured trade unions that the CIL will not be privatised and the employees' interest will be protected.

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