Jharkhand is unhappy with the allocation of coal blocks by the union coal ministry and officials say the state’s industries have been completely neglected.
M.K. Mandal, Jharkhand’s chief secretary, is learnt to have written a letter to the ministry expressing dissatisfaction over the allocation.
‘The coal ministry overlooked the state government’s recommendation and allocated nearly half a dozen coal blocks to industries of other states,’ an official said.
‘The coal blocks have been allocated to industries of Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra and other states.’
Officials pointed out that the coal ministry had assured to keep Jharkhand’s interest in mind while allocating the blocks. But the state-run Jharkhand Mineral Development Corporation (JMDC) has not been allocated a single coal block.
The state government had recommended that three coal blocks be allocated to the firm.
(c) Indo-Asian News Service