Ranchi, Jan 1 (PTI) Central Coalfields Ltd — a subsidiary of state-run mining major Coal India Ltd — has registered a “historic” 17.7 per cent production growth in December, a top company official said on Tuesday. Also Read - Mahesh Babu's Produced Major To Release in Cinemas Worldwide This Sankranthi

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“This is a historic growth as CCL achieved 17.7 per cent coal production growth in December 2018 (alone),” CMD Gopal Singh said. Also Read - Taxi Driver Takes Drunk Passenger Straight to Police Station After He Refuses to Wear Face Mask

The company registered 41.65 MT production in the three quarters of the 2018-19 fiscal, as against 37.2 MT in the corresponding period of 2017-18, translating to a 12 per cent on-year growth.

Addressing a press conference here, Singh said there was a time when many thought CCL would not break the 50-MT mark in 2012-13, but now the company is poised to touch the “100-MT mark in another two years”.

“In the new year, we have set two tasks for ourselves — to figure out the number of BPL families in the CCL command area and make efforts in reducing the count, and the second is to increase productivity,” the CMD said.

Singh also launched the ‘Khel Mahakumbh, 2019’ app to unearth talent from grassroots from the field of sports. CCL runs a sports academy jointly with the Jharkhand government in Ranchi.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.