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Updated: August 28, 2012 22:39 IST

CAG refuses to join public debate on coalgate

Sujay Mehdudia
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An official carries the copies of CAG report during Parliament's monsoon session in New Delhi. An official statement from the CAG office today said it would clarify on the coal blocks allocation report at the appropriate forum when required. File photo
PTI An official carries the copies of CAG report during Parliament's monsoon session in New Delhi. An official statement from the CAG office today said it would clarify on the coal blocks allocation report at the appropriate forum when required. File photo

Refusing to join the public debate over its findings on the Centre’s coal block allocation during 2004-08, Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) Vinod Rai on Tuesday said he would clarify his position at an appropriate forum.

The CAG report has come under attack from the Prime Minister, the Congress party and critics. The watchdog was criticised for coming out with ‘presumptive figures when no loss had taken place.’

“Being a Constitutional authority, the CAG feels that it would be improper on his part to join a public debate on this issue. It is hereby stated that the organisation of CAG would clarify on the report at the appropriate forum, when required,” an official statement said.

The statement said the CAG office had been getting repeated calls from the media for reactions.

On Monday, Dr. Singh questioned the findings, describing them as disputable and flawed. “The policy of allocation of coal blocks to private parties, which the CAG has criticised, was not a new policy introduced by the UPA. The policy has existed since 1993 and previous governments also allocated coal blocks in precisely the manner that the CAG has now criticised,” he had stated.

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Bravo!!. You are showing the light at the end of dark tunnel in which our country is right now.

from:  Atul
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 15:39 IST

Only bureaucrats like Mr. Vinod Rai are the hope of this country.

Else all these idiotic policies are taking the nation only backwards.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 10:12 IST

CAG very confident of it's stand.

from:  pradeep
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 09:36 IST

Mr. chidambaram says zero loss in coal blocks allocation and PM also supported him, then what's the use of CAG government should shut down this agency if It doesn't report correctly

from:  aryan
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 09:30 IST

We the citizens of this country expect the PMO office to work in the benefit of the exchequer not for the party. PMO is not as bold enough as the CAG institution. Hats off!!CAG

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 08:39 IST

The details of calculation by CAG should be in website after publishing.
It will clear any doubt by experts even outside India,as I do not agree that anything can be kept secret.
Rather putting in websites with detailed calculation will not create any misgivings!

from:  atis
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 07:41 IST

I agree with CAG that he is not entering into a public debate. You have
to enter into a debate where this is taken seriously either Parliament
or SC. Parliament has every right to call CAG to explain what he says. SC
has every right to call CAG to explain. Let us use the Constitutional
fora to act on this serious complaint by a Constitutional Office.

from:  Thomas Kocherry
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 02:24 IST

You will never dare the chief justice of India, a constitutional dignitary, to defend his judgement in a public debate. But you dare ask a constitutional dignitary like the CAG to do it.

from:  MRINAL
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 01:43 IST

We are proud of officer like you who is serious , a man of integrity ,
puts country forward than others , restrained and more than anything
motivates me to be one like you. Courageous yet sensible.

from:  swetaswapna P Patnaik
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012 at 01:09 IST

Mr. Rai,

We proud to have public serving officer like you.

Thanks.

from:  S. Kumar
Posted on: Aug 28, 2012 at 18:51 IST

a bureaucrat always knows what he has to do as ordained. if at some point of some time the bureaucrats have been toeing the line of the party in position, it is the circumstance. as far as c a g is concerned he has taken the appropriate stand as always. the c a g report is always prepared after a lot of discussions at all levels with the concerned departments on each point, their rebuttals taken into consideration etc.

from:  n.ramaswami
Posted on: Aug 28, 2012 at 18:35 IST

Appropriate stand of the CAG.

from:  s.subramanyan
Posted on: Aug 28, 2012 at 18:15 IST

Well done C&AG! It is the immaturity of the PM backed by the insolence of Congress chief
which led to the "flawed and disputable" comment. What is the difference between PM's
comments on the report and an UP minister abusing a senior bureaucrat? We are living in
sad times when the ruling party and the opposition are involved in street fights.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Aug 28, 2012 at 18:14 IST

MR.Rai
I appreciate your reluctance to enter into the fray right now.We want you to call the bluff of the Prime minister at the right time.
The entire nation is with you and we will back you at any cost

from:  S .Venkateswaran
Posted on: Aug 28, 2012 at 18:03 IST

Well said CAG! You have demonstrated your class by not joining in the 3-way mud slinging which the media would love to witness & report.

from:  s m kumar
Posted on: Aug 28, 2012 at 18:02 IST
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