The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government faced a setback on Tuesday as it was unable to push its crucial Food Security Bill amid uproar by the opposition over missing files related to the coal scam.
Main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) targetted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the missing files and said it will not allow the Parliament to function unless he makes a statement.
The Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on coal block allocation estimated a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the national exchequer owing to irregular allocations.
The CAG named 25 private companies as beneficiaries of coal block allocations in various states. They included companies like Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Power, Tata Steel and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.
--IBNS (Posted on 23-08-2013)