"Disquiet" in PAC meeting unfortunate, says Era Sezhiyan
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Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011, 16:05
Chennai: Veteran Parliamentarian and a former head of the Public Accounts Committee, Era Sezhiyan, Friday described as "unfortunate" the "unprecedented disquiet and discord" in the PAC deliberations on 2G scam draft report.

At the meeting yesterday, 11 of the 21 PAC members representing Congress, DMK, SP and BSP "rejected" the draft report that was sharply critical of Prime Minister, his office and others as Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi walked out.

''It is unfortunate that there had been reports about the unprecedented disquiet and discord in the deliberations of the PAC on April 28, in consideration of the Draft Report on 2G Scam,'' he said in a statement here.

Sezhiyan, considered to be a doyen in Parliamentary politics, said a Parliamentary Committee enjoyed all powers, privileges and immunities of Houses of Parliament as provided under Article 105 of the Constitution.

''As such, it is improper for anyone outside the House, to make any unwarranted comments on the said proceedings of the Committee,'' he said in an apparent reference to the comments and counter-comments by politicians on the proceedings.

''It is desirable for the public to know the important function of the Public Accounts Committee as a watch-dog of Parliament is to ensure that the moneys granted by Parliament have been spent effectively, efficiently and economically. In this regard the PAC gets the invaluable reports and sifting analysis of the Comptroller and Auditor General and his Officers,'' he said.

Recalling that M R Masani (1967-69), A B Vajpayee (1969-71) himself (1971-73) and H N Mukhejjee (1973-75) had served as PAC chiefs, he said all of them were "uncompromisingly active" against the ruling party in the House, but were able to get the full support and collective responsibility of all members in the Committee, beyond party affiliations.

"I remember well that in 1966 there was a censorious remark in a PAC Report about the Ministry of Agriculture. Provoked by that report, C Subramaniam, then Minister of Agriculture, whose successful efforts in the Green Revolution was appreciated by all, offered and appeared before the Committee to give his explanations.

"At that time, the Chairman of PAC (1964-67) was R R Morarka, a senior Congress member. Therefore, the deliberations and the adverse remarks did not disturb the smooth working of the Committee and did not cause intolerable dispute under political considerations,'' he said.


First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 16:05

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