Ministry of Coal is all geared up to address the issue of stock build up at the end of the Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) during the monsoon season. It is notable that coal stocks with CIL are adequate to meet the upsurge in Power demand being witnessed in the country since July this year. The supply of coal to the Power Plants is being monitored at the highest level in the Ministry on a daily basis in coordination with the Ministry of Power, Railways and the Coal Companies. Secretary (Coal) has reviewed the supply scenario with the Coal Companies on 27th August as well as 30th August. Secretary (Coal) has given specific instructions to the coal companies to give priority supplies to all the TPPs having critical stock level and to focus on stock liquidation from the mines having high stock level. He has further directed that in case of availability issue at linked mines alternative sources be allocated for smooth running of the plant. The despatches are being aligned with the advisories of Power Ministry.Coal India Limited (CIL) has stepped up its coal supplies vigorously during the last five days of August’ 21 consistently clocking 1.7 million tonnes (MTs) per day. Augmenting supplies to coal fired power plants, CIL is pumping 1.36 MTs of coal per day. The last three-day average loading to power sector has touched 1.4 MTs. The coal supplies to TPPs has picked up only in July and have been at a historic high since then. All efforts are being made in cooperation with Railway authorities to enhance despatch to meet the unprecedented growth in demand for coal-based power. The subsidiaries of CIL have upped their loading commensurate with the prevailing demand scenario. Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in a record performance has despatched 102 rakes on 30th August. CIL has registered the highest ever loading since July’ 21of 285 rakes in a single day on 30th August from CIL sidings. The depletion rate of coal stocks in TPPs has now much reduced.In the coming days the supplies from the coal companies to the Power Plants is expected to improve further to stand by the nation in these critical monsoon months and meet the demand of the power sector. It is expected that in the next few days, the coal stock at TPPs will stabilise and start rising thereafter.AYUSH medicines effective in dealing with post COVID issuesMinister of State for Ayush Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai said that Ayush medicines have also proved effective in dealing with post-COVID issues. He added that the Corona pandemic was still lurking around and there was a need for everyone to be alert and follow the COVID protocol. The Minister was addressing a webinar organized by All India Institute of Ayurveda under Ministry of AYUSH, on the role of AYUSH system in the management of COVID-19 on Monday. The event was organized as the first in a series of week-long AYUSH programmes under ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’, a celebration to commemorate 75 years of India’s freedom next year.Munjpara said that the Ministry of Ayush regularly issued protocols from time to time to combat COVID-19 and people have benefited in a big way from medicines like Giloy. “There have been several clinical studies on Ayush practices and more research is required in the sector. The Ministry of Ayush welcomes those who want to do research in Ayush” said Ayush minister.Addressing the webinar, D Senthil Pandian, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, said that while the entire country was preparing to fight the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Ayush has also prepared a blue print. He added that the infrastructure of Ayush sector was expected to be ramped up in the coming days to make the benefits of Ayush systems vailable to the people of the country at a wider level. Explaining the benefits of the Ayurveda and other streams of Ayush in the management of mild and moderate cases of COVID-19, Dr. Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda said that the recovery rate at the COVID centre set up at the institute has been more than 99 percent. “Not only were the corona infected patients cured in the COVID Centre, there was no loss of life even among the doctors, nursing staff and other hospital staff engaged in their treatment. The biggest reason for this was that everyone followed the Ayush protocol. I myself take Ayush medicines and am healthy for the last two years,” she said. MDNIY Director Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi, NCH Chairman Dr. Anil Khurana, CCISM Chairman Vaidya Jayant Dev Pujari, CCRAS Director General N Srikanth and Vice Chancellors of various institutions were also present in the webinar.
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