Scrap coal mines not in production Par panel

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Updated: 23 Apr 2013 04:19 AM

New Delhi:
Calling coal mine allocations done in 1993 to 2010 as "unauthorised and
illegal", a Parliamentary panel today suggested scrapping of mines that
have not started production.

The Standing Committee on Coal and
Steel in its report tabled in Parliament today said the mines were
allocated in "most non-transparent" manner and natural resources were
distributed to "few fortunates" through "abuse of power" by the then
ruling dispensation.

"Distribution of mines was done in a most
unauthorised manner," said the panel Chairman Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan
Banerjee seeking scrapping of mines where production is yet to start
besides investigating role of officials involved in the allotment process.

non-transparent procedure was adopted from 1993 to 2010 for allocation and
supply of coal blocks. The natural resources and state largesse were
distributed to few fortunates for their own benefit without following any
transparent system, was total abuse of power by the Government," the
Committee said.

Noting that "the government cannot give largesse
on its arbitrary discretion or its sweet will," it said the allocations
were illegal and amounted to huge losses to the state exchequer.

on the quantum of losses Banerjee said, "Despite our repeated queries,
Coal Ministry could not give us information in respect of quantity of coal
or its value. We are not investigating agency and thus not in a position
to assess the losses."

The report said: "It is unfortunate that
for allocating coal blocks neither any auction was held nor the Central
Government earned any revenue."

When asked whether Trinamool
Chief Mamata Banerjee, who was Coal Minister in the NDA government was
also involved, Banerjee said, "Every Coal Minister is not party of the
allocation process."

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