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CAG to appear on 2G spectrum before PAC today
Published on 27 Dec. 2010 12:26 AM IST
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The Comptroller and Auditor General, whose report on a presumed loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in 2G spectrum allocation created a storm in Parliament, will appear before the Public Accounts Committee Monday.
The PAC, headed by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi, will continue with its examination of the controversial allocation of 2G radio waves and Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai is expected to put forth his point-of-view before the panel.
The CAG report has proved to be quite an ammunition for the Opposition, including the BJP and Left parties, to target the government and it is insisting that only a Joint Parliamentary Committee can bring out the truth in what they allege is the “biggest scam in independent India”. The demand for JPC has led to stalemate in Parliament with the government stoutly resisting Opposition’s demand.
Monday’s meeting assumes added significance with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offering to appear before the Committee. But there has been no official word yet about the Prime Minister making a formal request. A decision to ask Rai to appear before the powerful parliamentary committee was taken during its last meeting earlier this month.
“Taking into consideration the importance of the subject and the nationwide interest evinced in it, the Committee has decided to invite Memoranda containing views/suggestions from various individuals, experts, associations, institutions, organisations interested in the subject matter,” the Lok Sabha Secretariat said.

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