“Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths” – Book by former coal secretary P C Parakh released
Controversy surrounding the book:
Parekh in his controversial book has alleged that the PM Manmohan Singh incapable to avert his own junior ministers from blocking a move towards a more transparent system of bidding for coal blocks. Parekh has also claimed that the coal scam could have been averted had PM Singh hard-pressed for reforms, including e-marketing and open auction of coal blocks, as recommended by Parekh to PM. The book details the corrupt practices under the UPA and NDA regime.
Excerpts from the book:
“After the Prime Minister approved open bidding in 2004, letters poured in opposing the move. A few Ministers of States tried to scuttle the proposal, but the Prime Minister remained silent on their repeated attempts to stall open bidding.”