The group, which is deliberating on ways to augment coal and power production in the country, may also propose to do away with the need to take forest clearance (FC) for coal exploration projects.
Sources said the group may also recommend taking out Central Mine Planning and Design Institute from CIL and attaching it with the coal ministry. CMPDI is the consultancy and mineral exploration support arm of CIL and is responsible for identifying coal blocks for mining.
The group wants CIL subsidiaries to be made more accountable so that their dependence on CIL is reduced. This, it is felt, would help in faster decision making. CIL would, however, continue to monitor their performance and give directions wherever corrective steps are required. CIL has emerged as a strong entity that does not require to be broken into smaller units to ensure efficiency and bring transparency, said a person privy to discussions.