Q. With reference to establishment of Sustainable Development Cell by the Min of Coal, consider the following statements:
1. One of its aims is to ensure a gradual winding down of coal mines in the country.
2. It will also monitor the mitigation measures taken by coal companies.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
  • Statement 1 is incorrect: It aims to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and to address environmental concerns during mining operation and till the decommissioning or final closure of mines. It doesn’t aim at gradual shut down of the mines. 
  • Statement 2 is correct: It also aims to advise, mentor, plan and monitor the mitigation measures taken by coal companies. 

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