Shinde admits writing to PM on coal block allocation



New Delhi: Minister Sushil kumar Shinde on Monday admitted writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2007 recommending allocation of a coal block to a power company but the firm never got it as it did not fulfil prescribed norms.

Shinde, as the Union Power Minister, had recommended allocation of a captive coal block to the company for operationalisation of a thermal power plant in Odisha.

"I had written a letter when I was in Power Ministry. I had written the letter on the basis of the reasons given by the company that they would build a power plant. But you know that they (the company) did not get any coal block due to the false declaration given by them," Shinde told reporters here.

PTI