Recently, the SC’s decision on coal blocks de-allocation has posed a new problem to the Centre on land acquisitions those were bought by mine owners for mining. Cancellation of the coal blocks doesn’t take away the land’s ownership from the allottees.
In order to implement the apex court’s verdict for coal mines would mean that government has to take away the land along with mines. However, the SC’s decision is silent on land aspect. To get out of this, the coal ministry has decided to issue an ordinance, vesting land along with coal mines back to the Centre. The ministry has passed the issue to Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General to get an opinion on legality of issuing an ordinance for the purpose.