|Prevention of Thefts from Coal Mines|
As per raids conducted by security personnel as well as joint raids with the law and order authorities of the concerned State Government, the quantity of coal recovered and its approximate value during 2010-11 and 2011-12 are as under:
This was informed by Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil, Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal while replying a written question in Rajya Sabha today. He said that the following measures have been taken by the coal companies to prevent pilferage/theft of coal:
(i) Check posts have been established at entry / exit points where all coal laden vehicles are physically checked.
(ii) Security at coal dumps are improved by wall fencing, proper illumination and round the clock guarding.
(iii) Regular patrolling is conducted in and around the mine including overburden dumps.
(iv) Armed Guards have been deployed at Railway sidings.
(v) Joint patrolling with local police is also being carried out in some areas.
(vi) Surprise checks / raids are conducted by flying squads of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)/security department.
(vii) Security squads have been introduced to check transportation of coal enroute to Railway Siding.
(viii) Surprise re-weighment of coal laden trucks is done, at weighbridges.
(ix) Escorting of coal rakes in coordination with RPF up-to weighbridge, is arranged in pilferage prone areas.
(x) Challans for coal transportation by trucks outside the district are issued after fixing hologram and putting signatures of authorized officials of CISF to check pilferage.
(xi) Regular FIRs are lodged by the Management of the collieries and CISF with local Police Station against the pilferage/theft of coal.
(xii) Inter-action and liaison with District officials at regular intervals. As such the State Governments have a critical role in stopping/curbing such thefts.