The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has announced a special incentive scheme to step up coal production and achieve the challenging task of meeting the annual production target. The “attendance-linked” incentive scheme will be implemented from December 1. It will be in force till March 31, 2013, according to the company sources. The State-owned company has set itself an ambitious task of producing 55.80 million tonnes of coal in 2012-13 financial year. However, the company is lagging behind in its pursuit to realise the stipulated annual production target. Heavy rains particularly the recent cyclonic storm Nilam took a heavy toll on coal production in the opencast mines of the company. The coal production in the company is likely to touch 31.70 million tonne mark by the end of this month. It implies that the company has to produce 24.10 million tonnes of coal in the remaining four months at the rate of about 6 million units per month to reach the annual production target for 2012-13. Meanwhile, in a statement the SCCL General Manager (Personnel) E V Purushotham said the special incentive scheme would be applicable to all the employees including coal workers those covered by the National Coal Wage Agreement (NCWA).

It will remain in force for four months starting from December 1, he said.