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Sumanta Chaudhuri takes charge as coal secretary

New Delhi: Sumanta Chaudhuri took charge as Coal Secretary on Tuesday, an official said. Chaudhuri, a 1985-batch IAS officer from West Bengal cadre, had been named as coal secretary by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on November 17.

He replaced Inder Jit Singh. The Department of Personnel and Training had earlier said that Singh would be given a new assignment.

The "outgoing Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Inder Jit Singh welcomed the new secretary, Tuesday," the official said.

Prior to joining the coal ministry, Chaudhuri was the Managing Director at Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.

The Indian government is still trying to determine the cause of a coal shortage in the country, with once section of the Coal Ministry citing excessive rainfall and deteriorating law and order in some regions, while another has blamed the State-run Coal India Limited (CIL) of tardy management.

The government has formed a committee of secretaries (CoS), comprising representatives from related Ministries, to delve into and find solutions to the current shortage of dry fuel, particularly the critical stock levels at almost all thermal power plants.

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