15 Sep deadline to de-allocate coal blocks

15 Sep deadline to de-allocate coal blocks

New Delhi: The Central government has set a 15 September deadline for initiating action on de-allocation of coal mines to many of the 58 allottees to whom showcause notices have been issued.

Pushed by an upset Prime Minister’s Office, coal ministry has got into action to expedite the process of de-allocating the blocks ahead of the inter-ministerial group meeting scheduled for Monday to consider the issue.

The PMO conveyed its displeasure to ministry over inaction in cancelling the blocks where mining has not taken place. The PMO had in April asked the ministry to review the cases of all blocks where production is yet to take place.

Notices were issued in April to 58 blocks, including 25 private firms such as Tata Power Co. Ltd, ArcelorMittal, Reliance Power Ltd, Hindalco Industries Ltd, Grasim Industries Ltd, GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd.

The coal ministry swung into action just ahead of the meeting on Monday of the inter-ministerial group. The group has representatives from the steel, power, law, economic affairs and mining ministries, among others.

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