'Coal scam' sends Cong, BJP into hiding
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The administration today downplayed the draft Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) statement on coal block allotments with Finmin Pranab Mukerjee saying that 90% of the issues aroused by the auditor at first stage are dismissed.
At a FICCI meeting in Delhi, Pranab said, "After obtaining comments of the ministries, 90% of the issues raised by the CAG are dropped. That is the normal practice and it is going on for the last 150 years."
The finmin stated that the CAG is a Constitutional body set up since the time of Britons and its job is to locate errors with the administration.
"I have repeatedly stated (its job is) to find out fault and not to praise the government and certify that government has done a good job. Why ...unneccessary... sensationalisation takes place," Mukherjee asked and added, "what is new if the irregularities are found out in the CAG report and those are to be addressed by Parliament."
Based on the CAG draft report, Pranab Mukerjee stated, a few papers said that there is a Rs 10 lakh crore deficit in the exchequer owing to the coal allotment.
The matter has rocked Parliament after which PMO forwarded a letter received from CAG saying that report in the newspaper was disinforming.
Mukherjee stated that it is up to Parliament to take a call on the CAG reports.
"The fact of the matter is that it is not a report by itself. CAG is yet to finalise its report", he added.
The statement, he said, will go to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that will forward its views to Parliament.
as per Montek's estimate of 28 Rs per day as a living cost of an Indian, the coal scandal of 10.76 lakh crore can give free living to 105 crore Indians for 10 years.
daily a new scandal comes into existence...........
who is responsible for all these crimes..............only one answer is Indian political leaders.
The CAG's assumption that the government should have auctioned off coal blocks is logical. But that would violate the law. T