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Economy Sep 13, 2012

IMG recommends cancellation of four coal mines alloted to private firms

The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on coal blocks allocation has recommended de-allocation of four mines alloted to private firms and encashment of bank guarantee of three others on the ground of non-development of mines within a prescribed time.

"The IMG, which reviewed eight cases yesterday has recommended de-allocation of four coal blocks including two alloted to private firm Field Mining and Ispat," a Coal Ministry official, who did not wish to be named said.

Reuters

Field Mining and Ispat was slapped a show cause along with 58 others for delay in development of Chinora and Warora Southern Part coal blocks in Maharashtra. This is the first recommendation by the IMG ever since controversy broke out over the allocation of coal blocks after the recent CAG report that criticised the government for allotting them in a non-transparency The IMG had scrutinised eight cases yesterday in a marathon six-hour meeting out of a total 29 reviewed by it last week in the context of why production had not started within the prescribed timeline.

It had heard representatives of 29 coal block allottees on September 6, 7 and 8 out of of 58 allocations under focus. Meanwhile, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters that he was hopeful that the IMG would submit its first report by September 17, two days after the September 15 deadline set earlier.

"I am hopeful that IMG will submit its report by September 17," Jaiswal said.

PTI

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