The statement comes at a time when Coal India, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal output, has temporarily prioritised fuel supply to power producers.
Though the power sector accounts for around 66% of coal consumption in India, other sectors are also likely to be impacted badly as coal supply to non-power consumers has come to a halt.
The number of such projects having less than four days of coal (supercritical stock) stood at 61 on October 19, the latest data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of power plants grappling with coal shortages.
Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah cautioned, “There was no power shortage until now.
The heavy rainfall has led to a sharp drop in temperature and as the use of fans and air conditioners has come down.
He clarified that there was no dearth of funds and asked officials to purchase necessary coal to operate thermal power stations at full capacity and tide over the crisis.
The minister also discussed the issue related to the availability of land for mining at the meeting.
Joshi said he was going to visit the mines of SECL to take stock and hold discussions to expedite the production there.
Nirmala Sitharaman said the question regarding the vaccines was if they had to be preserved in a certain temperature to be carried around and distributed across India.
Government sources said that there is no shortage in the daily supply of coal to states and power companies and it is maintaining 5 days' stock. In a month's time situation will be back to normal.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that talks will intensify with the coal ministry and neighbouring states to get more coal.
The countrywide coal shortage has affected power generation at the 2,400 MW-capacity National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant in Kudgi.
He said Coal India, a Maharatna PSU and the largest producer of the fossil fuel, has failed to ensure timely supply of coal for thermal power generation plants in the state.
The Minister, however, said there might be problems for power in the future, due to the lopsided policies of the Central government.