Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has refuted allegations of low-grade coal supplies and disparity in its allocation to Madhya Pradesh.
"The Centre is providing highest quantity of coal to Madhya Pradesh compared to other states. As far as quality is concerned, around 90 per cent of coal in the country is of average quality, and hence there is no question of supplying inferior quality coal to MP," Jaiswal told reporters in Jabalpur.
He was here to attend the National Convention of the Indian National Defence Workers Federation on Thursday.
Stating that present allocation of coal is done as per sanctioned quota under the Eleventh-Five-Year Plan, he said that any demand for allocation of coal outside it would not be entertained.
He said 208 coal blocks were sanctioned to various public and private sector companies recently but production was not started in 36 coal blocks due to objections raised by several government departments.
The minister also said that latest eco-friendly technology will be used for coal mining in the country, which would not only increase coal production but also prevent any harm to the environment.