GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Coal
STARRED QUESTION NO. 469
ANSWERED ON APRIL 29, 2013
Irregularities in Allocation of Coal Blocks
469. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of COAL be pleased to state:
(a) the number of blocks cancelled by Government after irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks were unearthed, along with details of each of these coal blocks; and
(b) what is the present status of CBI probe into these irregularities?
MINISTER OF COAL
(SHRI SRIPRAKASH JAISWAL)
(a) & (b): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
Statement referred to reply given at (a) & (b) of Rajya Sabha Starred Question No.469 for 29.04.2013.
(a) & (b): As reported by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it has registered 3 Preliminary Enquiry cases regarding alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks - relating to allocation of coal blocks to private companies during the period 2006-09, relating to allocation of coal blocks to private companies during the period 1993-2004 and relating to allocation of coal blocks to Government companies. As informed by CBI, 10 FIRs have been lodged in respect of 10 companies.
The review and monitoring of progress of development of the coal blocks allotted and associated end use projects is an ongoing process and is reviewed from time to time. The Government periodically monitors and reviews the development of allocated blocks as well as end use plants by the allocattee companies in the review meetings. Further, an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) has been constituted on 21.06.2012 under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Coal) to review the progress of development of allocated coal/lignite blocks and associated end use projects of the allocattees. Appropriate action including de-allocation, deduction of Bank Guarantee is taken by the Government from time to time.
Based on the recommendations of the then Review Committee and the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG), the Government has so far de-allocated 47 coal blocks. Out of the 47 de-allocated blocks, 2 blocks were allocated again, 3 blocks were assigned to Coal India Limited and in respect of 5 blocks belonging to National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd./Damodar Valley Corporation Ltd./Jharkhand State Electricity Board, de-allocation letters were withdrawn.