Probe coal block allocation decisions, suggests House panel
New Delhi: Even as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel recommended a probe into the “decision-making process” for distribution of coal blocks from 1993 to 2010, Opposition parties demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation, alleging the Centre was scuttling a fair probe into the issue.
Rocked by the coal scam, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the second consecutive day. The question of Prime Minister’s resignation was dismissed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The Standing Committee’s recommendation brings more pressure on the Centre, already in trouble over Law Minister Ashwini Kumar’s alleged attempts to influence CBI's status report on the coal block scam investigation, submitted to the Supreme Court.
Slamming the Coal Ministry for distributing coal blocks without any auction, the Committee, headed by Trinamool Congress leader Kalyan Banerjee, said the entire process was unauthorised.
The panel, which tabled its report in Parliament on Tuesday, said all coal blocks allotted, at least where coal production has not begun, should be cancelled immediately.