New Delhi: Emphasising on the need to be self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will turn this COVId-19 crisis into an opportunity, as he launched the auction of 41 coal mines for commercial mining. Also Read - Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: In Letter to PM, Congress Leader Calls For CBI Probe

“India will turn this COVID19 crisis into an opportunity. It has taught India to be self-reliant. India to reduce its dependence on imports,” the PM said. Also Read - PM Modi Meets President Kovind, Briefs Him on Issues of 'National And International' Importance

“Everyone participating in this event from home and abroad are most welcome. Having such an event in this challenging time & all of you joining it, is a big message in itself,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. Also Read - 'America Loves India', Donald Trump Thanks PM Modi For Independence Day Greetings

“States will get better revenues. It is a win-win situation. More employment will be generated. There will be positive impacts on every stratum of the society,” the PM said.

“We have set a target to gasify around 100 million tonnes of coal by 2030. I have been told that 4 projects have been identified for this and about 20 thousand crores will be invested in them. For decades, the country’s coal sector was entangled in a web of captive&non-captive. It was excluded from the competition, there was a big problem of transparency. After 2014, several steps were taken to change this situation. Coal sector got strengthened due to steps taken,” the PM added.