"The second trench will start from February 25 and will run till April 2," Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said in a press conference here.  

He said that 27 blocks have been allocated for the unregulated sector, while 56 blocks will go to the regulated power sector.  

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"Will either auction or allocate 83 blocks by March 31," he added.  

“The government has till now raised Rs 83,662 crore through the e-auction of coal blocks,” the Ministry official said.   

"The majority of Rs 83,662 crore raised will go to poor states. Orissa is expected to get Rs 607 crore, Madhya Pradesh will get Rs 39,900 crore, Maharashtra will get Rs 18,900 crore," Swarup said. 

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On Thursday, Jindal Steel won back the Gare Palma II and III mines in of Chhattisgarh is crucial for  as those deposits. The mine produces 6.25 million tonnes a year, making it the company's biggest by output, Jindal's winning bid of Rs 108 a tonne was in the reverse auction for the Gare Palma mines, where the lowest  bidder wins, to help keep low the cost of electricity generated.   

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Meanwhile, the ongoing auction has vindicated CAG's criticism of the way the natural resources was allocated by the previous government, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday.  

"The last CAG report  on the coal block allocation was unfortunately unnecessarily criticised but today the figures and the way in which the coal block allocation has been designed by this government in a very transparent manner and has shown two things," she told reporters on the sidelines of an event.  

"Certainly the CAG's position has been vindicated but I am underlining the larger issue here. Our position has been vindicated," Sitharaman added.

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