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CM for coal probe against biggies

Hazaribagh, July 18: Chief minister Hemant Soren today said some big companies were involved in coal smuggling and added his government would soon start a high-level inquiry into this illegal trade.

In Hazaribagh to attend the Vikas Mela-cum-Loan Distribution Shivir, Hemant further said the administration had recently found enough evidence to prove the involvement of some major firms in this illegal business.

The chief minister added that not less than 9,000 trucks of coal had gone outside the state illegally through an integrated checkpost opened recently. “A decision regarding the inquiry in this matter will be taken at the next cabinet meeting. We may even constitute an special investigation team in this matter,” Hemant said after inaugurating online the second integrated checkpost of the state at Chordaha of Chauparan. Agriculture minister Yogendra Sao and excise minister Jai Prakash Bhai Patel were also present.

Hemant said these check posts would curb illegal transportation of minerals, including coal, and help the state save Rs 1,500 crore per month, which can be used for the welfare of the people. “In coming months, at least eight more integrated check posts will be opened in different parts of Jharkhand,” he said.

During the event, the chief minister distributed loans, assets, land pattas, inaugurated new schemes and laid foundation stones for several projects worth a total of Rs 372 crore.

Supporting local Congress MLA Saurabh Narain Singh’s demand for a medical college in Hazaribagh, Hemant said the government was working on a proposal to set up a hospital here.

“Hazaribagh has always been known for its high standards of education. We want to improve the environment for education further,” he added.