Union coal ministry is studying two-three models proposed by the finance ministry and the Planning Commission for carrying out coal mining projects on the public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The coal ministry has already convened 2-3 meetings on it and it expects to have a few more meetings before taking a final call on the matter.
The ministry is examining how it can involve the private sector along with Coal India in improving the coal production in the country.
Earlier, various PPP models were discussed by a government-appointed committee to devise a policy framework.
The panel is required to devise a PPP policy framework in order to increase production of coal. In pursuance of the announcement of Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Union Budget with regard to PPP policy framework, a nine-member committee was set up in March.
The committee is headed by coal secretary and it has members from other ministries including Law, Labour and Finance among others.