Coal Scam

Vassal States?

Print edition : January 24, 2014

An opencast coal mine in Chhattisgarh. Photo: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI/REUTERS

The Jindal Power and Steel Ltd complex at Nisha village in Odisha. The State government says that the company, which was awarded two coal blocks in Odisha, has not yet qualified for a mining lease and has not started production. Photo: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI/REUTERS

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Photo: M. VEDHAN

The affidavits filed by State governments in the Supreme Court in the coal block allocations case indicate that the Centre considerably curtailed their role in the decision-making process and ignored their concerns over key issues.
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