New Delhi, Aug 17 (): The CAG report on controversial coal block allocation that has created a lot of uproar over its reported condemnation of the Coal Ministry is likely to be tabled today in the Parliament.
The reports are certain to generate a storm in Parliament with the Opposition gearing up to corner the government.
The ruling government termed that it has prepared a strong defence, and is ready to face any discussion in Parliament regarding the CAG report that has already generated a lot of heat over its reported indictment of the Coal Ministry that was headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a fraction of period.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday pointed that the government is ready to face any kind of Opposition attack on these issues.
It is believed that the government on its defense is likely to argue that these losses are a back-of-the-envelope calculation and erroneous. Hand-out gain from captive mines will not be fair to estimate, based on Coal India’s usual income, the ministry holds, as it is considered to be the mutual price and will not in any way reflect the actual cost of production mine-wise.
The government also admitted that there are 57 blocks in which there are mines where price of production is too high and those where it is very low as well. It also indicated that coal extracted from captive coal blocks cannot possibly be sold freely.
The reports were actually fixed to be tabled on Thursday but due to the death of late Union Minister Vilasroa Deshmukh, it was delayed as both houses of Parliament were adjourned as mark of respect to the late minister.
With the CAG report on coal set to be tabled on Friday, it is believed that the Bharatiya Janata Party has positioned its forces to attack the government. Sources said in spite of resemblance with 2G, the ruling government shall find the going tougher in the case.