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Meira Kumar to discuss Meghalaya CAG reports on Jul 5
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Published on 24 Jun. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened a meeting of Presiding Officers and Chairmen of Public Accounts Committee on July 5 to discuss the corruption charges and irregularities in various Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), a senior official here Wednesday.
“The issue has received political attention from the presiding officer of the Lok Sabha to discuss the effective actions,” Comptroller and Auditor-General of India, Vinod Rai, told journalists here.
Rai, who is on a maiden visit to Shillong, the state capital Meghalaya, said as the CAG has constitutional mandate, the legislature need to take its reports seriously.
“Public pressure should build up so that there is effective action on the part of the authorities concerned,” he said.
“Legal route is available for every citizen of this country. Every citizen can take recourse to court at any point of time on any issue. That (police) is also legal route. You can also file PIL on any issue,” Rai said.
Asked why the government or the PAC have not taken action based on CAG findings, the CAG of India said, “That’s why, the Lok Sabha Speaker has convened a meeting of presiding officers and PAC chairmen of all state assemblies to discuss the issue.”
To a query that the PAC cannot be expected to take action as its members are legislators themselves who involved in ‘corruption’, the CAG said, that there are members other than PAC members of the legislature who are also privy to the CAG report. “I don’t think as of now there is a need to have an independent agency other than the PAC of legislative Assemblies,” he added.
“When the law makers are involved in corruption cases then they have to sit together and should take appropriate decision. In fact, some legislatures reacted positively,” Rai said.

 
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