Coal blocks allocation arbitrary: Karat

Last Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 21:38

Jammu: CPI(M) on Saturday alleged allocation of
coal blocks had been done on an arbitary basis without any
relation to market value of the commodity and the UPA
government was responsible for this policy like the 2G
spectrum allocation which has cost a lot of revenue.

"The CAG`s final report will come but what we have seen
of the draft (report), it is clear that the same method of
allocation of scares natural resource--coal--has been done on
an arbitary basis", general secretary of CPI(M) Prakash Karat
told reporters here.

Karat, who was here in connection with the party`s state
conference, said "it has been done without relation to the
market value of the resources. So, we have to wait for the
CAG report".
"But I am sure it will show that the government in the
country has lost a lot of revenue because of this policy", he
said.

Karat said "government is responsible for this policy. By
not doing anything in this regard, they are responsible for
this, like what had happened in 2G spectrum allocation. Let
the report come, then we will give our comment".

Replying to another question about the failure of the
consensus on Lokpal Bill, he said "as far as the Lokpal Bill
is concerned, a meeting took place yesterday also. To say
there is no consensus is wrong".
The CPI(M) general secretary further said that in Rajya
Sabha when there was a discussion on it during the last
session it was made clear that the entire opposition had
raised that some main points should be amended and there
should be 3-4 amendments in the Bill.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 21:38

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