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Updated: December 27, 2010 02:01 IST

CAG to appear before PAC today on spectrum issue

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Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai will appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday in connection with the 2G telecom controversy. File Photo
The Hindu Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai will appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday in connection with the 2G telecom controversy. File Photo

CAG's report of presumed loss in spectrum allocation created a storm in Parliament

Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai will appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday in connection with the 2G telecom controversy.

The PAC has been examining the CAG's report of a presumed loss of Rs.1.76-lakh crore in the allocation of the 2 G spectrum, which created a storm in Parliament.

The Opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties, had been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the issue in depth. Describing it as the “biggest scam in Independent India,'' the Opposition insisted that only a JPC probe could unearth the entire truth.

The tug of war between the government and the Opposition led to the stalling of almost the entire winter session of Parliament and the resignation of Telecom Minister A. Raja. The government continued to stoutly oppose a JPC probe on the ground that it had already initiated “multi-faceted” action against those involved. The setting up of a JPC would “only delay the inquiry and politicise the matter.''

It, however, agreed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would appear before the PAC. Dr. Singh made the offer on the concluding day of the 83rd plenary session of the Congress party here on Monday. Accusing the BJP of indulging in “false'' propaganda that the government was opposed to the JC as it did not want him to be questioned by it, Dr. Singh said he intended to write to the Chairman of the PAC that he was ready to appear before it if it wanted.

Public's view sought

The PAC, headed by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi, took the decision to ask the CAG to appear before it at its last meeting earlier this month.

It has already obtained some information from the Department of Telecommunications, the Finance Ministry, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and experts in the telecom sector through oral depositions and written submissions.

The Parliamentary Committee, which is examining the issue of 2G and 3G spectrum as part of an overall review of recent developments since June, has so far been briefed by the former TRAI chairpersons, Nripendra Mishra and Pradip Baijal, and the former Telecom Secretary, Siddharth Behura, among others.

Mr. Behura is understood to have told the panel that all decisions were taken by Mr. Raja, and he just carried out orders. He was the Telecom Secretary when the spectrum allocation was made.

The PAC has also sought views from the general public. “Taking into consideration the importance of the subject and the nationwide interest evinced in it, the Committee has decided to invite memoranda containing views/suggestions from various individuals, experts, associations, institutions, organisations interested in the subject matter,'' said a notification issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

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After submitting report by CAG before PAC Now its time that JPC also gives its para wise comments over CAG report if satisfied otherwise JPC must be allowed to sit up and make a fresh detailed report submit within given time frame like CAG has given
Thanking You,
Yours Sincerely
Ad. Vivek Sharma Ludhiana

from:  Ad.Vivek Sharma Ludhiana
Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 15:49 IST

It is big matter of concern that opposition and people of India also does not have any faith on investigations of different agencies like CAG,PAC,CBI,ED,ONE MANNED PANEL

from:  SAGAR
Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 11:04 IST

Probably the most honest person in India who stood up to pressures of all corrupt who were & are in power & gave a honest report.

from:  tesh
Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 09:54 IST

What a waste of time, money and country's resources. What more PAC can learn from CAG which they could not understand by now. This is being done under pressure from Congress, the culprit in this case. JPC is the only answer. PM cannot decide to appear before PAC but not JPC. Culprits are not allowed te decide, as to before which Courts or Judges they are prepared to appear.

from:  Harsh
Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 01:17 IST

DEAR sIR, aFTER GRADUATION i STARTED MY CREER IN rAJKOT A.G office under CAG.As an apprentice to start with we had to throughly study the
duties and responsibilities of Statutory Audit.That is all in theory &
hardly practised. When I was ther at Rajkot for a short time I came to know about Expenses for Digging wells in Saurastra and then every year there were budgetted expenditure sanctioned for repair and Maintenance of these wells. When we went for Inspection, I was in the TEAM; we found to our dismay that there were no wells dug at all. When we seriously pointed out and include in the annual report of CAG
as a DRAFT PARA for discussion in Parliament,it was sad indeed that the point was not even included or discussed.But the matter came to light after 3/4 years. This is CAG. If the system is properly followed
as per system of cheques and balances so much money cannot go away wit
h out periodical AUDIT to see that Money from the Tresory is spent for
the purpose it is meant.But Accounts and Audit are the LAZIEST DEPTs of Govt.All do not have national or Social purpose; they are just maintaining their JOBS.Otherwise,how our beloved LEADER like LALU PRASAD can make such a HUGE scam and then become RLY.Minister? In Indi
a I.e BHARAT ,Sabkuch Chaltahai.I left CAG after 4/5 years knowing more about the inefficiency& lack of concern in serious irregularities
in State Govts and even RLYS.People there do not have professional training but trained routinely departmentally.There is no Management but man-age-ment. I.E they age out and retire without any significant
contribution to this NOBLE profession.Whereas IA&AS officers are academically intelligent but they careerists and try to make hay while the sun is shining.SELFISH,Careerists,easygoing and managing their own positions. Otherwise when the 2G spectrum matter came to light through CAG before 3/4 years why the matters were not thoroughly discussed in the Parliament?.It was a failure of Finance Ministry under which CAG operates.EVEN now ACTION has to be taken FAST and people concerned to be put BEHIND BAR.RAJA looks to be an immature person,who should have not been entrused with so much responsibility.Even he ignored the instruction or advice of the PM. HOW was he allowed to continue such a long time? Let us see-PARKALAM.

from:  Ranapati Bhudevchandra Ghosh
Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 00:49 IST

The Congress has lost my vote. That is not to say the BJP has gained it, but without a question, the rot has set in too deep, and this may be time for some major amputation in our elected leaders and government. The Congress has not, it seems, lost a single opportunity to cook up a scam of some sort or the other. I don't care if there are one or two or even a hundred honest people, when millions are corrupt.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Dec 26, 2010 at 23:08 IST
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