Attorney General: Government to Bring Orders to get Land from Coal Firms

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Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has told to the reporters that , “The government could bring an ordinance as part of a blueprint being prepared to implement the Supreme Court verdict that cancels the allocation of 214 coal mine blocks in the country”.

The government needs an Ordinance to deal with issues arising out of the court’s decision to de-allocate all but four of 218 blocks allotted to various companies since 1993.

Issues like for feature of bank guarantees and title deeds of land mines purchased by the companies have to be taken care by government.

The blueprint being prepared includes bringing an ordinance to acquire land from coal companies whose allocations had been cancelled, said Mr. Rohatgi.

The court had ruled that the coal blocks were allotted through an “ad-hoc and casual” approach “without application of mind”. It said, “Common good and public interest suffered heavily in the unfair distribution of the national wealth – coal, on August 25th”.

About 40 companies which started operating were given six months’ time to wind up business. They have to pay a fine of Rs. 295 for every metric tonne of coal mined.

Medaram Jathara

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