PAC meets; discusses CAG report on 2G spectrum

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Monday discussed the controversial allocation of 2G spectrum and decided to continue hearings in the matter.

New Delhi: The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Monday discussed the controversial allocation of 2G spectrum and decided to continue hearings in the matter.

The meeting of the panel, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, took place amidst a strident demand by opposition parties for setting up of a Joint Parliamentary
Committee (JPC) to probe the issue.

A member of the PAC said that the issue of 2G spectrum was before them since July and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai had appeared before the panel as a witness.

The final report of the CAG on the 2G Spectrum allocation was circulated among members so that they can go through it and prepare questions to be asked to the Telecom Ministry.

Another member said the Committee has already sought details of correspondence between the Prime Minister`s Office and the Telecom Ministry in connection with the matter.

A general view among the members was that the Committee should continue its work despite clamour for a JPC probe into the matter.

The members were of the opinion that their work can continue alongside the JPC which would have a larger mandate to go into greater depths on the issue.

PTI

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