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2G: Govt dismissive of PAC draft report

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 18:56

New Delhi: Incensed by the leak of a draft
report of Public Accounts Committee prepared by Chairman MM
Joshi, the government on Wednesday was dismissive about it and
targeted him, saying he was acting as a BJP member rather than
the chief of the Parliamentary panel.

"This is not a report of PAC but that of Joshi...One
should understand the difference. The PAC is meeting
tomorrow," a senior minister said when asked to react to the
report which has raised questions on Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and criticised P Chidambaram in his previous portfolio
as Finance Minister.

Another minister said Joshi "has been acting like a BJP
member rather than the Chairman of PAC."

Noting that the PAC Chairman is "one among equals" who
is appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker, the minister said "the
members of the PAC have been routinely complaining that they
have never been given the agenda of the PAC meetings."

Even the information coming from the Telecom Ministry
was never shared with the members, the minister said citing
the refrain of PAC members.

The PAC is meeting tomorrow with an intention of
adopting the report, two days ahead of the end of the
Committee`s term.


First Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 18:56
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