The Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs of India Pralhad Joshi while inaugurating the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation of Coal India Ltd (CL) said that with the introduction of the latest IT-enabled technologies, the overall approach towards implementing the same in a sustained and efficient manner is the key to further enhancing coal production and supply.
Minister Joshi recalled the effective use of IT tools by the Centre for the launch of Jandhan Account under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He further pointed out that technology can ensure transparency and bring down corruption. He said that “42 coal blocks have been successfully auctioned so far by the Ministry of Coal under commercial auctioning of coal mines.”
The Minister complimented CIL for successfully overcoming the recent challenges by ensuring sustained coal supply to the Nation. He urged CIL to attain coal production targets set for this and the next fiscal. He also emphasised the unique advantages of the ERP system launched.
“The primary objective of the project is to position CIL as a global player in the energy sector. The Minister added that ERP will establish best business practices, standardise and unify business processes across CIL and its subsidiaries. Implementation of ERP across Coal India will give a boost to the government’s endeavor towards Digital and New India,” Minister Joshi added.
On the occasion, Minister Joshi along with Minister of State for Coal, Mines and Railways Raosaheb Patil Danve and Coal Secretary Dr. Anil Kumar Jain released the book titled “Fueling India’s Energy Needs”. The book depicts the story of sustainable efforts made by the world’s largest coal mining company, CIL.
ERP is a great tool of information technology intervention, which will help CIL improve its business performance and growth with enhanced data integrity and cost-effectiveness. This will in turn help the national miner evolve as a global player.
ERP in Coal India has been implemented in two phases. In the first phase, it was implemented at CIL Headquarters and two subsidiaries Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
The Phase II implementation was in the remaining six Subsidiaries South Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) and Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI). Tech Mahindra was the implementation partner for Phase – I whereas Accenture is the implementation partner for Phase – II. The project was scheduled to GO LIVE in 51 months while it was completed 14.5 months earlier, the authorities said.