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Union Coal Minister Seeks Probe into SCCL Irregularities Under BRS Regime

Union Coal Minister Seeks Probe into SCCL Irregularities Under BRS Regime

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Union Coal Minister G. Kishan Reddy has sought an inquiry into the alleged irregularities in Singareni Collieries Company Limited under the previous regime of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi. While speaking to the media, Kishan Reddy asked the Congress regime in the State to order a full probe into the ‘irregularities’ related to bill payments during the BRS regime.

Reddy said the Central government would write a formal letter to the Telangana government to initiate an enquiry over the alleged irregularities by the BRS government. He ruled out privatization of the SCCL by the Centre and sought to allay the fears of SCCL employees, stating that the NDA government was sensitive towards their welfare.

He termed the BRS government, ministers, and MLAs as those who indulged in financial mismanagement and exploiting SCCL resources. Ex-Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao politicized the affairs of SCCL at the cost of employees’ interests, he criticized.

Under the BRS regime, there has been more political interference in SCCL and corruption at every level starting from the village head to high officials and ran high. Reddy said that SCCL is owed ₹30,000 crore by various agencies, including TSGenco which alone owes ₹8,056 crore to them. He bemoaned the fact that the financial position of SCCL, which once had surplus funds to spare, has now come down to depending upon loans.

On coal block auctions, Reddy said the Ministry of Coal is conducting transparent auctions within the parameters set by the court directives. He took the opportunity to reiterate the commitment of the government toward ensuring fairness and integrity in the auction process.

The demand for an enquiry into the irregularities within SCCL testifies to how much this government is committed to checking corruption and ensuring accountability in public institutions. Reddy’s statements are a pointed reminder that transparency and responsive governance are the safeguards against adverse conditions for workers’ interests and economic stability in the coal secto

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