Table CAG report on coal in parliament: CPI-MMarch 22nd, 2012 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday asked the government to table in parliament a CAG report that has alleged huge losses to the exchequeer from coal deals.
“The CPI-M demands the CAG report be tabled in parliament without delay and necessary actions initiated on an immediate basis to recoup the losses to the national exchequer,” it said in a statement.
According to a published report, a draft CAG report has estimated a whopping Rs.10.67 lakh crore loss to the exchequer due to the allocation of 155 coal blocks without competitive bidding.
This happened between 2004 and 2009, during the first term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
“Out of this, windfall gains of Rs. 4.79 lakh crore accrued to a number of private companies,” the CPI-M statement said.
“Coal, being a natural resource, cannot be gifted to private corporations at throwaway prices.
“The Supreme Court has reiterated this principle in the recent 2G judgement that the state as a custodian of the country’s natural resources cannot sell it off without transparent competitive bidding.
“While allocating coal blocks to public sector power utilities, which play a social role by providing electricity at reasonable rates, is understandable, such enormous largesse showered on profit-making private companies is nothing but a huge scam.
“It is disturbing that these coal blocks were allocated at a time when Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) was in charge of the coal ministry.
“Coming after the 2G, CWG, KG gas and Air India scams, the coal scam is yet another misdeed of this scam-ridden UPA government.
“All these scams are outcomes of the big business-corrupt politician-bureaucrat nexus which has flourished under the neoliberal policy regime,” it said.
- BJP seeks PM's resignation over CAG report on coal blocks (Second Lead) - Aug 17, 2012
- PM should answer why coal blocks were not auctioned: Yechury - Aug 23, 2012
- BJP attacks PM on coal block allocation (Lead) - Aug 17, 2012
- CAG dismisses coal scam report, says no loss to exchequer (Roundup) - Mar 22, 2012
- Highlights of CAG's report on coal block allocations - Aug 17, 2012
- Opposition mounts pressure on UPA, Congress hits back (Lead) - Aug 27, 2012
- Congress rejects BJP demand for PM's resignation - Aug 17, 2012
- Cancel coal blocks allocation: CPI-M - Aug 23, 2012
- Lalu defends PM on CAG report - Aug 17, 2012
- Process of awarding coal blocks caused $37 bn loss: Auditor - Aug 17, 2012
- BJP urges Mamata to pull plug from UPA - Sep 01, 2012
- BJP rejects zero-loss theory on coal scam - Aug 25, 2012
- CAG report is clearly disputable, flawed: PM (Second Lead) - Aug 27, 2012
- PM attacks CAG, BJP won't give up (Roundup) - Aug 27, 2012
- CAG reports creating suspicion, distrust: Assocham - Aug 28, 2012
Tags: air india, bureaucrat, communist party of india, communist party of india marxist, competitive bidding, corrupt politician, largesse, manmohan, manmohan singh, necessary actions, policy regime, power utilities, prime minister manmohan, prime minister manmohan singh, private corporations, progressive alliance, social role, throwaway prices, whopping rs, windfall gains