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Odisha MSMEs demand 0.1 mn tonne coal allotment
The Odisha state government has recommended the Coal India Limited (CIL) for allocation of 108,000 tonne of coal for MSME units in 2014-2015. After assessing the annual requirement of the MSMEs made by the National Small Industries Corporation, Bhubaneswar, the MSME department has recommended to CIL, to feed the coal consuming MSMEs.

Sources said that Fuel Supply Agreement with CIL will be signed by April end, as reported by

Fagurma Marandi joint secretary of MSME department who wrote to General Manager (sales and marketing), CIL said, "Government have been pleased to nominate NSIC, a Government of India enterprise, Bhubaneswar as the state nodal agency for supply of coal to the coal consuming units of the state for the financial year 2014 to 2015 and have accorded permission for allocation of 108000 mt of coal to NSIC, Bhubaneswar for the financial year 2014 to 2015."

NSIC has been effectively handling the supply of coal to the MSME units in the state after busting of a scam in this regard in 2010 regarding supply of coal at concessional rate to bogus small scale industries.

In the last financial year, NSIC was allocated 75000 tonnes of coals for distribution among the coal-consuming MSMEs. a joint capacity assessment made by concerned District Industries Centre and MSME Development Institute under the Ministry of MSME (Micro,Small & Medium Enterprise), Government of India calculates the coal requirement of a MSME unit and then it is allocated.

DIC general manager recommends the case to the specified state-nominated agency for distribution of fuel with the approval of the district collector after the required unit is determined. There are about 57 coal consuming units in the state that includes refractories, casting units, chemical units, coal briquettes, textile units etc.

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