- The leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia (Congress) demanded a CBI enquiry into the coal scam
- The matter allegedly involved a mining behemoth
Guwahati: The Assam government has announced a CID inquiry into illegal coal trade and smuggling in the state, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said.
As per the sources, Mohan Patowary was replying on behalf of the Home Minister, made the announcement in the state Assembly here, said the government was determined to root out corruption.
The leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia (Congress) demanded a CBI enquiry into the coal scam, as the matter allegedly involved a mining behemoth and the matter was beyond the mandate of the state CID.
The minister also informed that 184 corruption-related arrests, including those in the ‘cash-for-job’ scam of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), have been made since the BJP-led state government came to power in the state on May 24, 2016.
The President of India had given sanction to prosecute incarcerated then-chairman of APSC Rakesh Paul, he added that the charge sheet will be submitted soon.
Earlier, illegal coal trade was unchecked in Margherita. Trucks from Guwahati keep moving in Margherita area to allegedly carry coal from Collieries even after the ban on coal transportation allowing the entire area to be a den of coal smugglers.
Regarding the issue, Margherita AJYCP vice-president Partha Sarathi Saikia said that the coal mafias might have paid a huge amount as commission to the administration and police which is why these are allowed to go unchecked.
He further raised doubts over the role of NEC Coal India Limited in Margherita for the rampant rise in the illegal coal trade.
We do demand Chief Minister Sarbanabda Sonowal’s intervention to stop it immediately. Otherwise, we have no option to resort to agitation, said Saikia.