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Chacko likely to head 30-member JPC
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS):
Published on 24 Feb. 2011 1:12 AM IST
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The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to be set up to investigate alleged irregularities in 2G spectrum allocation is likely to have 30 members, with senior Congress leader P.C. Chacko as its head, informed sources said.
According to the sources, the government has agreed to the opposition demand for a 30-member panel for a wider representation of political parties.
The government was earlier planning to have a 21-member panel.
The decision to have 30 members was taken after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders conveyed to the government that smaller parties also want representation in the panel, the formation of which was promised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday.
The committee will have 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha and representation of each party would be decided on the basis of its strength in the two houses.
In the 30-member panel, the Congress will have 11 members - eight from the Lok Sabha and three from the Rajya Sabha.
The BJP will have six members - four from the Lok Sabha and two from the Rajya Sabha.
However, BJP sources said that of its four members from the lower house, one will be from its ally Shiv Sena.
Congress ally DMK, whose jailed leader and former communication minister A. Raja is at the centre of the controversy, will have two members and the AIADMK one.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Trinamool Congress - both allies of the Congress - will have one member each. The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Janata Dal-United and the Left will have two each.
The Samajwadi Party and the Biju Janata Dal will also have one member each.
The sources said the Congress has “more or less” made up its mind to have Chacko, an MP from Kerala, as the head of the “sensitive” panel.
Chacko, a Congress old-timer, is considered loyal and reliable to handle the job, they said.
“The government has drafted the terms of reference of the committee and these would be finalized by this (Wednesday) evening,” a minister said.
The motion for the formation of JPC will be listed as a supplementary in Thursday’s list of business and would be moved by any minister, not necessarily by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, at 2 p.m. in the Lok Sabha.
This will be followed by a discussion and the motion would then go to the Rajya Sabha.
PTI Adds: Meanwhile, BJP Wednesday said former union ministers Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha and senior leader Harin Pathak from the Lok Sabha, S S Ahluwalia Ravi Shankar Prasad from the Rajya Sabha will represent BJP in the JPC while the party would give its fourth seat in the House to its long time ally Shiv Sena.
WHAT IS JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ALL ABOUT Know what is Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC)?
Joint Parliamentary Committee is appointed to look, inquire into particular matter or subject or fraud, something which is important for nation.
How JPC is formed?
JPC is formed when motion is adopted by one house and it is supported or agreed by the other house.
Another way to form a JPC is that two presiding chiefs of both houses can write to each other, communicate with each other and form the joint parliamentary committee.
How many persons can be members of JPC?
The rule is simple - The Lok Sabha members are double compared to Rajya Sabha.
The strength of a JPC may be different each time.
What are the powers of JPC?
JPC can collect oral or written evidence from the experts.
The proceedings of parliamentary committees are confidential. Please note in majority nations this type of committees work in open and day to day there work is available for public. Only corrupt nations need confidentiality.
Normally ministers are not called to give evidence
SM – Ministers are gods how can they cheat the nation? Even if they cheat it is there birth right to cheat the nation.
Can inspect all documents related with the inquiry.
Can invite interested parties for inquiry.
Can send summons to people to appear before them, if person does not obey summons it is considered as contempt of House.
The Speaker has the final word on any dispute over calling for evidence
Against any individual or production of a document, even government can deny access to documents if government feels it is related with safety of state.

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