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AAP Vows to Probe Graft in Coal Allocation Scam

The manifesto of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which was released on Sunday said it will investigate and book all those involved in scams like the PIPDIC coal and tsunami resettlement scam.

Published: 24th March 2014 08:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2014 08:01 AM   |  A+A-

Rangarajan

The manifesto of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which was released on Sunday said it will investigate and book all those involved in scams like the PIPDIC coal and tsunami resettlement scam. The manifesto also stressed that corrupt politicians and government servants will be booked and legal proceedings initiated against them.

The AAP, which is the first party to release the manifesto here, said it will legislate the Jan Lokpal Bill to root out corruption at the State and Central government level.

It might be recalled that the Union Coal Ministry had allotted Naini coal block in Odisha jointly to Puducherry Industries Promotion, Development and Investment Corporation Limited (PIPDIC) and the block had coal reserves of 250 million tonne in 2007. But the then Puducherry government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with a private firm JR Power Gen Private Limited (JRP) that was owned by a Tamil Nadu DMK leader. The government promised to sell coal to the private firm at a cheap price of `25 per tonne for a period of 40 years, which led to the allegations of corruption in the allocation of coal blocks. The CBI is probing the issue

The manifesto said AAP will reach out across party affiliations to bring in the best plans to improve the standard of living of the common man and the middle class. The focus will be on providing basic and fundamental requirements like water, electricity, education, health care.

It also said AAP will formulate a five-year plan to promote agriculture, industrial growth in UT and will attempt to bring in industrialists and investors to start new ventures in industrial estates and restart factories and industries lying closed. The party will also invite investments from outside the State and abroad to create job opportunities for educated youth.

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