Former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh on Monday said the coal scam could have been avoided had Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pushed for reforms, including e-marketing and open auction of coal blocks, as recommended by him.
"Had the Prime Minister used his authority behind the reforms proposal, it [coal scam] could have been avoided," said Mr. Parakh after the release of his bookCrusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths.
He added that former Coal Ministers Shibu Soren and Dasari Narayana Rao, besides many parliamentarians and industrialists, had objected to the reforms.
Mr. Parakh, against whom the CBI has registered a case in connection with the allocation of an Odisha coal block to Hindalco, virtually gave a clean-chit to the PM saying whatever positive work he could do as Coal Secretary was when the Ministry was under Dr. Singh.
"The Prime Minister gave me full support.
Nearly two weeks after predicting a gloomy future for the world due to global warming, a UN panel on Sunday came out with yet another alarming report, telling the global community that the emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs) have increased substantially despite reduction measures adopted by different countries.
In its report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
It, however, emphasized that the world has tools (ways) to fight climate change and the time has come when countries must take the measures more effectively. Highlighting that existing efforts were not enough to bring down emissions, the panel urged nations to take measures to lower global GHGs emissions by 40-70% from the 2010 level by mid-century if the world wanted to limit the increase in global mean temperature
Industrialists in the state are completely dismayed by the decision of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to turn down applications of several industries seeking permission to buy power from Indian Electricity Exchange (IEX). It has refused to renew the open access (OA) permits of five industries.
MERC has upheld the contention of MSEDCL that it will face operational and financial difficulties if industries were granted OA through IEX. These difficulties need to be addressed before OA can be allowed through exchanges. It claimed there was no specific provision in MERC OA Regulations to allow purchase of power through exchanges. Twenty-nine industries had filed petitions in MERC either seeking OA or complaining about MSEDCL's unwillingness to grant the same. All of them have been rejected. The industrial power tariff of MSEDCL is one of the highest in the country. The industries find buying power from exchanges cheaper. MSEDCL
KOLKATA: State-run power producer NTPC has settled the dues of two Coal India subsidiaries, bringing to a close a protracted tussle over quality of fuel the state-run miner was providing. "Dues at Eastern Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coal have been settled. Officials from NTPC and CIL agreed on the quantum of the dues and NTPC has made the payment," a senior Coal India executive said, adding that dues of the other subsidiaries were likely to be cleared in a fortnight. As on March 23, NTPC owed Coal India Rs 3,000 crore. Continue