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PM summons emergency Cabinet meet
New Delhi, FEB 14 (AGENCIES):
Published on 15 Feb. 2011 1:31 AM IST
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The Union Cabinet is meeting here on 15 February without a set agenda. This happens rarely except in case of urgency or exigency, reports Tehekla.
The cabinet ministers are being told by the Cabinet Secretariat that notifies the Cabinet schedule that the agenda papers would be handed over to them at the venue of the Cabinet meeting and they are requested to return the same after the meeting.
Speculation is rife that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G spectrum scam. The previous parliament session did not function because the Opposition and the Centre clashed on the demand for a JPC.
Indications over the past few days were that the Centre might set up a JPC now.
Speculation is also rife that the Prime Minister might cancel the ISRO spectrum contract with Devas Multimedia without further delay.
It is believed that the Prime Minister does not want to wait a month for the report of a two-member committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary B K Chaturvedi set up last week to look into the issue.
Congress sources said Manmohan Singh is equally concerned over the daily attacks on corruption from the Opposition and hence he may want the Cabinet to take up on urgent basis the report of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on corruption, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
The sources speculated that the report could not have been put on the Cabinet agenda since the GoM was to meet late today.
The Cabinet has to also clear President Pratibha Patil’s address to the joint session of Parliament on February 21 and it is possible the Prime Minister wants to insert sensitive announcements in the address. This would imply he did not want the information to be leaked by putting the draft address on the agenda for the cabinet meeting.
As regards the GoM on corruption, Mukherjee had stressed in a previous meeting on 21 January that the ‘60 day-time frame given to the GoM for completion of its job might be too short because this is also the period when the members would be deeply engaged in deliberations on the Budget.’
Minutes of the meeting also quote him that the issues on which the GoM has to deliberate are ‘very important issues to be looked into carefully, because a lot of expectations are there from this GoM.’

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