In a tweet, coal secretary Anil Swaroop said: "Coal production by Coal India crosses nine percent over last year's record production. Well done. Keep it going. Still a very long way to go."
In the current fiscal, CIL's production rose by 8.8 percent to 321.38 million tonnes from April to November against 295.4 million tonnes in the year ago period, an official said.
For CIL, the government set a target of one billion tonnes of coal production by 2020. This year's target was fixed at 550 million tonnes while last fiscal's target was missed by 3 percent with an output of 494.23 million tonnes.