PM to make statement in Parliament on JPC

PM Manmohan Singh will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday in which he is expected to announce the govt`s intention to form a JPC to probe the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 17:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday in which he is
expected to announce the government`s intention to form a
Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum
allocation scam.

Singh is likely to make the statement in the Lok Sabha
soon after the introduction of new ministers in his Cabinet.

Parliament sources said a motion for constituting a JPC
would be moved on Thursday by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal
after the Prime Minister replies to the Motion of Thanks to
the President`s address to the joint sitting of Parliament.

The motion on the JPC would then be referred to the Rajya
Sabha for its concurrence.
The government has already agreed to the opposition
demand for formation of a JPC into 2G spectrum allocation, an
issue over which the entire winter session of Parliament was
washed out.

Government sources indicated that the JPC will be "broad-
based" and would accommodate as many parties as possible.

If the size of the JPC is kept small, there could be
representation for only seven to nine major parties. Congress,
BJP, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD-U and DMK
could get the membership in view of their numbers. There are a
total of 37 parties in Parliament.
Sources said if the JPC has 30 MPs, then it would
comprise 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya
Sabha. If the Committee is set up with 21 members, then 14
will be drawn from the Lower House and 7 from the House of
Elders.

With the entire winter session disrupted, there was
all-round criticism and expression of concerns that led both
sides to think ways of finding a way out of the impasse.

According to one estimate, over Rs 150 crore was spent on
a session that did not transact any business.

PTI

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