SC questions government’s power to allocate coal blocks
Attorney general GE Vahanvati said he does not want to give 'off the cuff' answers to these questions and sought time to go into these issues.
"From your affidavit itself it appears that minerals-and-mining lease has to be executed by the state and not by the Centre. It strikes at the root of all allocations," the bench said.
“As per law, the Centre will do allocation but terms and conditions of allocation have to be in consonance in the Coal Mine Nationalisation Act and the MMDR Act,” said Dilip Kumar Jena, senior consultant and knowledge manager, PWC. “Unless states grant mining leases, allocatee cannot start mining.”
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