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Alleged coal scam rocks Parliament

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, March 22 � A preliminary assessment by the CAG that a loss of Rs 10.67-lakh crore was caused to the nation due to a coal scam rocked Parliament today but the official auditor sought to downplay it by saying it was not the final report and the government was also dismissive.

�It is not a CAG report,� Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier in the day, the Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the report cited by the media was �exceedingly misleading� as it was at a �very preliminary stage and does not even constitute our pre-final draft�.

Citing this and reading out from the letter in the House, Mukherjee said as per the procedure, a report finalised by the CAG first comes to the Finance Ministry after which it is laid on the table of the House.

His suo moto statement came hours after Opposition targeted the government over the alleged scam and ensured that Parliament did not work till noon.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, JD-U members were on their feet demanding immediate discussion on the leaked report on allocation of 155 coal acreages between 2004 and 2009 to some 100 companies.

The moment Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour, BJP and JD-U members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the government. � PTI

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Alleged coal scam rocks Parliament

NEW DELHI, March 22 � A preliminary assessment by the CAG that a loss of Rs 10.67-lakh crore was caused to the nation due to a coal scam rocked Parliament today but the official auditor sought to downplay it by saying it was not the final report and the government was also dismissive.

�It is not a CAG report,� Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier in the day, the Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the report cited by the media was �exceedingly misleading� as it was at a �very preliminary stage and does not even constitute our pre-final draft�.

Citing this and reading out from the letter in the House, Mukherjee said as per the procedure, a report finalised by the CAG first comes to the Finance Ministry after which it is laid on the table of the House.

His suo moto statement came hours after Opposition targeted the government over the alleged scam and ensured that Parliament did not work till noon.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, JD-U members were on their feet demanding immediate discussion on the leaked report on allocation of 155 coal acreages between 2004 and 2009 to some 100 companies.

The moment Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour, BJP and JD-U members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the government. � PTI

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