Bagrodia for safety of coal workers

April 7th, 2008 - 9:20 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Strongly pitching for transparency and weeding out favouritism and corruption in the coal sector, newly inducted Minister of State for Coal Santosh Bagrodia Monday called for safety of coal workers. “Every life is precious and so is of a coal worker. I like to personally see to it that there is zero percent tolerance in safety related issues,” said the minister who assumed office Monday.

Bagrodia said there would be no favouritism and the government would keep a close eye at the functioning of coal companies. “There is no place for favours and favouritism,” he said.

The minister also advocated a long-term policy in the sector. Although the government already has come out with plan for the sector till 2030, the minister favoured a re-look at the policy to bring about stability in coal prices.

“Once coal prices are reduced, it will not only benefit the steel sector but other sectors as well,” he added.

Bagrodia, an industrialist-turned-politician and MP from Rajasthan, was inducted into the council of ministers Sunday.

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