Coalgate: IMG completes review; to meet again on 12 September

The inter-ministerial Group (IMG) that is looking into the allocation of coal blocks to private parties has completed the review process and will meet again on 12 September to decide the fate of 29 coal blocks and work out a plan of action with regard to the remaining 28 of the 57 coal blocks referred to it.

The IMG, which met on 6, 7 and 8 September, received representations from the allottees of these coal blocks in reply to show-cause notices issued to them, an official statement said today.

The representation contained documents indicating current status of the mining blocks duly certified by the authorised representative, IMG said.

The panel has reviewed the progress of 29 coal blocks that were allocated to private firms, allegedly with links to politicians and their relatives, without auction.

Meanwhile, the coal ministry is preparing its replay to charges made by the comptroller and auditor-general (CAG) of India in its report on the allocation of coal blocks.

According to Zohra Chatterji, additional secretary in the coal ministry who headed the IMG, "All the coal blocks on agenda for three days have been reviewed."