CAG-CoalMin slugfest may push back auction schedule
Accusing the ministry of concealing facts, the statutory auditor, in a missive to the coal ministry, has described the screening committee procedure as non-transparent.
Alleging that the ministry has failed to establish that the coal block allocations between 2004-09 were done in a “fair and transparent manner”, the CAG also argued that there is no evidence to suggest that the Screening Committee gave blocks in a “transparent and objective manner”.
In its written reply on November 19 to the coal ministry’s rebuttal to its findings of purported gains of Rs 1.86 lakh crore accrued to private companies, the CAG has said there is no evidence shared by the ministry justifying that the Screening Committee actually assessed the applications in regard to issues like techno-economic feasibility of the end-use projects (EUPs), past track records of the developers in execution of projects and also their technical and financial capabilities.
“The coal ministry has not furnished any documentary evidence justifying the Screening Committee’s recommendation for allocation of a coal block to a particular allocattee out of the total number of applicants for that block to justifying that
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