New Delhi: Amidst ongoing controversy following the corruption charges against Prime minister by Team Anna, Union Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal on Wednesday refuted the allegation of scam in allotment of coal blocks to private companies for captive use. Jaiswal is the second Union Minister, after Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who has come forward to back Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of corruption charges.

Jaiswal was speaking after the citation of the portions of a draft CAG report by Team Anna alleging irregularities in allotment of coal blocks when the Prime Minister was in charge of the ministry. He also said that the allegations of team Anna were just noting but their prejudices.

“Coal blocks were allotted to the private companies with consent of the state governments in a very transparent manner. Team Anna’s allegations are manifestation of their prejudices,” said Jaiswal.

Justifying the decision to allot the blocks to the private companies, Jaiswal said that the union governments between 1993 and 2009 believed that the coal blocks should also be allotted to the private companies to meet the growing demand of power in the country as the Coal India Limited alone will not be able to meet the growing demand.


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