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Updated: September 24, 2011 01:41 IST

JPC seeks copy of Ministry note to PMO on 2G scam

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File photo of JPC chairman P.C. Chacko with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Mr. Chacko has written to the Finance Ministry seeking its note to the PMO on 2G spectrum auction.
The Hindu File photo of JPC chairman P.C. Chacko with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Mr. Chacko has written to the Finance Ministry seeking its note to the PMO on 2G spectrum auction.

The Secretariat of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), mandated to inquire into the telecom licensing policy and the 2G spectrum scam, has formally written to the Finance Ministry, asking for a copy of its hotly debated March 25 note to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The note, which is part of a petition filed in the Supreme Court by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on the 2G spectrum scam, implies that the then Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, could have averted the awarding of 2G spectrum licences in 2008 at the price determined in 2001.

JPC Chairman P.C. Chacko told The Hindu that when he saw news reports on the note, he checked with the Secretariat to ascertain whether it was provided to the committee as part of the records sought from the government.

“When I was informed that there is no such note with the Secretariat, I directed the officials to write to the PMO, seeking a copy of the purported note. If such a note exists, I believe it is valuable information for the committee members. It has been the practice of the Secretariat to keep the members informed of all the inputs received from various quarters,” he said.

Further action

The JPC chief said he would take a call on the basis of the content of the note on whether any further course of action was warranted. The committee was proceeding on a sequential basis from 1998 and there would be no change in the schedule.

Asked about the previous letter of some committee members, seeking the summoning of all former Finance Ministers for interaction on issues related to the telecom policy, he said that he, in consultation with the committee members, would take a decision on the suggestion.

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The JPC calling for a copy of the Finance Ministry note of 25,March to the PMO is nothing but theatrics indulged in for fooling the public when it already knows the contents.It is a given that once the copy is received the JPC will issue a statement that the note has not taken into account the circumstances then prevailing and as such comments are speculative in nature.This ploy is Part I in the White Wash already begun by the JPC.Let us wait for the full job to be completed which will be so brilliant that the JPC will get more such White Wash jobs.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Sep 24, 2011 at 07:40 IST

It is most surprising that senior ministers in the UPA believe that it was a mistake not to have auctioned 2G licenses in Jan 2008. So one can’t blame the public in believing that the govt lost Rs 176645 cr as stated by the CAG to the benefit of the operators. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The scam was in allocating the licenses to ineligible companies by manipulating the priority in by applying the First COME-First Served principle, and later to First COMPLIED-First Served(i.e whosoever made the payment first). So those who had prior info came with the DD and jumped the Q. This was unpardonable. In spite of it the govt was not a loser. Pricing was done as per the NTP 1999 - low fixed entry fee and rev sharing towards spectrum charges instead of a high entry fee earlier. On this basis the TRAI had consistently advised to keep the entry fee at 2001 level to give a level playing field to all. When DoT has followed this policy to the letter/spirit how could the FM reverse it?

from:  C S JACOB
Posted on: Sep 24, 2011 at 05:42 IST

Has JPC on 2G scam has any relevance at all in the present context? The initial charge-sheet has been filed and the SC is monitoring and rather hinted it will continue to do so. In what way JPC members are more qualified then the courts? Any way, this JPC's conclusions will be biased; I do not even think for a second that it will summon PC or Pranabda or PM. It is a fore gone conclusion that PC is whiter than white;wiser than the wisest. If it will even absolve Raja it will not be a wonder!In the present context any conclusion of this JPC ill only be sterile.Waste of time and public money...This will be one more waste among the many others..

from:  RAM France
Posted on: Sep 24, 2011 at 04:45 IST
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