New Delhi: Even as the 2G spectrum allocation scam continues to stall proceedings inside Parliament, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh Tuesday outlined the importance of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on major issues and termed it as an important watchdog on governance.
Calling for an accurate and unbiased assessment of all aspects of a major issue like 2G spectrum scam, Dr Manmohan Singh said, “The CAG is an important watchdog, so a great responsibility lies on it to ensure that its report are balanced and fair.”
“The CAG report was taken very seriously by the Parliament, media and the government,” the Prime Minister said shortly after the CAG report was tabled in the both Houses simultaneously.
The 2G spectrum allocation controversy provided enough fodder to a uinted Opposition to disrupt Parliamentary proceedings and finally leading to the adjournment of the two Houses.
Earlier, as soon as both the Houses convened at 11 am, the Opposition led by the BJP and the AIADMK MPs were on their feet shouting slogans to press for their demand which led to the adjournment of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha till noon.
As soon as the Parliament reconvened at 12 pm, the government tabled the much-talked about report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the 2G spectrum allocation in the Lok Sabha.
But in view of the continuing ruckus, the Lower House was adjourned for the day while the Upper House was adjourned till 2pm.
Importantly, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today met NDA working
chairman LK Advani in an effort to end the logjam over the issue.
However, an all-party meeting convened by Pranab Mukherjee to end the stalemate over the 2G spectrum allottment scam failed to evolve any consensus among various Opposition parties.
During the meeting, the leaders of opposition parties demanded a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Reacting to this, Lok Sabha leader Pranab Mukherjee assured them of a response after talking to the Prime Minister.
Clearly, the presentation of the Performance Audit Report on the Issue of Licences and Allocation of 2G spectrum by the Department of Telecommunications report by the CAG has provided fresh fodder to the Opposition which is not satisfied with Raja’s resignation and wants a Joint Parliamentary probe.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies as well as the Left parties, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal are demanding that a JPC should examine the issue.
The government has earlier expressed its readiness to discuss the CAG report after it is tabled in Parliament.