Pits of sleaze

Print edition : May 31, 2013

AT a mine in Chhattisgarh. Indiscriminate mining by cement plants here have resulted in the displacement of people in Adivasi areas. Photo: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI/REUTERS

Anil Ambani holds a jar containing the first coal from his Reliance Power's Sasan mines in Madhya Pradesh, in Mumbai on September 4, 2012. Critics say the government is subsidising private electricity discoms like Reliance and the Tatas and asking the poor to pay higher tariffs for electricity. Photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP

Coal-loaded wagons in Kolkata. The guidelines for allocating coal blocks were changed from time to time to facilitate increased participation of the private sector. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Aam Aadmi Party leaders outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on April 28 with power bills collected from people. Photo: Kamal Singh/PTI

Atal Bihari Vajpayee. As many as 32 coal blocks were allocated when he led the NDA government. Photo: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY

Systematic diversion of community resources to the private sector in the name of growing energy demands has been the trend since the advent of neoliberal policies, but the allocation of coal blocks by the UPA-II government was done in total violation of norms.
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