It is not true, though there are always cynics, that the government is not seized of the matter and is not taking action. A search committee, quite appropriately since it is searching, has been set up to look for the missing files. It is having about as much luck as Coal India Limited finding new coal reserves, but the Committee is not short of ideas. One, sadly shot down in the committee meetings, was that the accused firms be asked to provide the documentsoften enough, it is true, the private sector has more access to government files, and they will even be properly flagged and cross-referenced, with an executive summary to boot. The other, based on an instruction from the coal ministry, is that the files in Coal Indias corporate office in the capital be place in a horizontal position. Huh Its actually quite simple, the files are placed one on top of the other, vertically. So, if a Coal India official wants to check what a file in the middle of the stack says, the whole stack can collapse, like the sides of a mine as any experienced miner will tell you. So, put them side by side, like books in a library, the ministry has ordained. Meanwhile, it comes as a shock that mountains of red tape couldnt save the file from extinction. Thats the very least expected of it.