Some questions based on Ex-CAG Rai’s disclosures.
Mr. Rai’s recent interview did not really tell us much more than what we have known since the CAG reports came out. We know that Manmohan Singh did not act to stop the misdeeds that happened under his watch. What was new was what Kamalnath has said publically. All this give rise to some questions.
If coal allocation since 1993 is irregular as the SC has said, why did no CAG report till recently point his out? We have had several governments of different parties and combination in the last 20 years and they all followed the same policies. So are they all guilty? Is allocating blocks to power plants bad policy as long as the coal from captive mines is used only for power generation and the coal from these is not sold to the third party. Is there any mention of the role of state governments where these mines are located? Every ministry has a consultative committee to oversee its working comprising of MPs from both the houses. Did this committee raise any objections on this allotment ever? If not are these committees are also not responsible? Since the CAG has estimated potential loss to the nation due to this discretionary allocation of mines, have they calculated what would have been the price of power if blocks were auctioned? Surely if loss can be calculated then the price of power to end user can also be calculated?
All allocations made to companies that are not eligible have to be cancelled and these allocations must be probed and the guilty must be quickly prosecuted and punished. I am also surprised the report does not seem to have anything to say about the affairs of CIL. The Coal mafia is a fact in the Easten Indian states and the theft of coal is a routine affair. Why that part is not covered by the CAG? Is this not hurting the national interests year after year?
In 2 G case the court has already cancelled all licenses and auctions have already taken place. However the legal process of prosecution is taking ages. The cases need to be fast tracked. It is also strange that the consultative committee of this ministry also does not seem to have found anything wrong with allocation of spectrum for years. In this case the fact that Raja changed the rules of the game at the last moment is very clear. It is strange that no aggrieved company went to the court against this!
If CAG does audit every year then all these facts should have come out much earlier. So is the CAG audit not being conducted in time? In our enthusiasm to only blame Manmohan Singh for all the mess, should we not be also looking at the other checks in the system that seem to have failed in these incidences. It will serve the nation much better if we do not over look this fact. We have to make sure the system functions the way it must and if it is not we need to correct it.
Let us now demand quick action on legal front and punish all those who have failed the nation.