Coal blocks are allocated to private
companies for captive consumption for specified end uses in pursuance
Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973.
There is no provision for sale of coal from captive blocks. Generally,
the modalities of disposal of surplus coal, if any, would be as per the
prevailing policy/instruction of the Government at the relevant point of
time and could also include handing over such surplus coal to local Coal
India Limited (CIL) subsidiary or to any person designated by it at a
transfer price to be determined by the Government.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered three Preliminary
Enquiry cases to investigate the alleged irregularities in allocation of
coal blocks to private companies from 2006 to 2009 and from 1993 to 2004
and a Preliminary Enquiry relating to allocation of coal blocks to
Government companies. As informed by CBI, in respect of 9 private
companies 9 FIRs have been registered and investigation of Regular Cases
and the Preliminary Enquiry are underway on priority. Ministry of Coal
has also issued Show Cause notices to 8 companies. In case of one
company, the coal block was already de-allocated.
This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of
Coal, Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil in a written reply in Lok sabha