New Delhi: Terming the allocation of the coal blocks without auctioning report as a bigger goof up than the 2G spectrum scam case, main Opposition party, the BJP on Thursday took a dig at the Central Government. According to the CAG draft report, the government extended undue benefits of Rs 10.67 lakh crore to commercial entities by giving them 155 coal acreages without auction between 2004 and 2009.

The report also revealed that coal was even sold to many dormant companies with fake registrations. "The coal allotment scam is a major scam. We demand a CBI probe and a court should monitor it. It is a government of scamsters (that is) involved in knee-deep corruption," BJP leader Prakash Javedkar told reporters outside the Parliament.

"Why coal blocks were allotted without auction?" Javdekar asked.

He said, "In 2006, the government introduced the Bill for auction of coal blocks. But the government did not pass the Bill till 2010. 17 billion tonnes of coal reserve in 73 blocks were distributed to private companies. It is a huge scam. There are many cases where people have sold the licences."

BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu sought an answer from the Centre in the Parliament.

Giving examples of corruptions like Rs 70,000 crore scam of CWG games, 2G scam amounting to Rs 1,70 Lakh crore, the BJP said the Centre is neck-deep in corruption.

(JPN/ Bureau)