New Delhi: Stating that government shall define policies taking into account the larger interest of the people, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel on Friday said the coal block allocation issue is being debated in a wrong manner.

"...we are talking everyday, everything is being coal-oriented. The country is engaged in coal at the moment. Unfortunately, nobody is realising that there is another side to whatever it is... the issues which are being debated unfortunately the wrong way," Patel said at a CII function here.

The government auditor CAG in its recent report tabled in Parliament had said that undue benefits to the tune of Rs 1.86 lakh crore were extended to private firms on account of coal block allotment without adopting the auction route.

Patel further said the policies of the government shall be defined looking at the larger interest of people.

"But unfortunately everybody outside the government knows how to run the government and that is why the government cannot explain its view point because everybody else has already made up their mind as to how the government should run," he said.

The eighth consecutive day of Parliament was lost today to the uproar created by BJP over coal block allocations, raising the prospect of washout of the remaining part of Monsoon Session which ends on September 7.

"I don't know, in future, may be you do not need the government... May be everybody else can run the government and advise what is the best way forward. These are modern times, we have to live with it and sometimes it is better to be old-fashioned," Patel said.

He, however, said the country will find a way to move forward. "India does have its own resilience and we should find ways to overcome all our obstacles," the minister said.

(Agencies)

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