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Coal India workers strike hit production by about 56%: official

PTI     September 25, 2019

Protests by workers at Coal India Ltd on Tuesday hit output by about 56 per cent, a senior company official told Reuters.

The workers' strike over implementation of reforms including allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in coal mining - which India approved last month to attract global miners to India - paralysed operations.

The company, which accounts for over four-fifths of India's coal output and employs about 300,000 people, registered a 30% attendance due to the strike. India depends on coal-based utilities for three-quarters of its electricity generation.

Coal India produced a total of 466,000 tonnes of coal on Tuesday, which compared to an business-as-usual production estimate of 1.05 million tonnes, the official said.

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