Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on Thursday decided to examine the four latest reports of the CAG, including the one on coal block allocation, which are critical of the government.
With the Congress and the BJP locking horns over the CAG report on coal inside Parliament, its ripples are likely to be felt in the meetings of the PAC when the issue is taken up for scrutiny.
In its meeting on Thursday, the Committee led by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi decided to include in its agenda the CAG reports on coal allocation, Delhi International Airport Ltd, Ultra Mega Power Plants and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). All the reports were tabled in Parliament in the ongoing Monsoon session.
With the panel already scrutinising the government auditor’s reports on Commonwealth Games, KG Basin and Civil Aviation, it may not take up the four new issues immediately.
“We will need details from CAG and the concerned ministries before we actually start working on the new agendas...it will take upto a month before the relevant documents are ready to be circulated to the members,” a member said.
PAC’s controversial draft report on 2G scam had strongly indicted former Telecom Minister A. Raja and come down heavily on the PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat for not taking “corrective action” while not sparing even the Prime Minister for “some unfortunate omissions”.
The draft was rejected by Congress members in the PAC and Speaker Meira Kumar had returned it back to Joshi following the controversy.
The 2G draft is on the list of PAC’s ‘unfinished agenda’ and has been carried forward this year.