New Delhi: The Central government will
consider ordering a CBI probe into irregularities in
distribution of coal in Orissa if the state government were to
make such a request, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Coal
Minister Sripraksh Jaiswal said Orissa MLAs had recently met
him in Bhubneshwar alleging diversion of coal alloted to the
The Central government, he said, has no role in
distribution of coal allocated to the state government
nominated agency and it was the responsibility of the state
government to ensure that the coal reaches the eligible
"In the event the state government requested the Central
government for a reference to CBI, the same would be
considered. However, no such request has been received from
the state government in this regard," he said.
After the formulation of the New Coal Distribution
Policy, Centre allocates coal to state governments for
distribution to traders and retail users, he said, adding the
central government has no role in the distribution.
He said, he told the MLAs, who were sitting on dharna in
the premises of Orissa Legislative Assembly alleging diversion
of coal allocated to the state, that the state government
should send its request for a CBI inquiry to the central
If state governments do so, the central government will
examine it, he added.