PAC invites opinions on 2G spectrum allocation

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NEW DELHI - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament, led by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Thursday sought opinions and suggestions on the 2G spectrum scam, even as the opposition continues to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the issue.

A meeting of the PAC has been called on Monday to hear statements from people on the issue.

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 has said in a notification.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had offered to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) but the opposition had rejected it, stating they were sticking to the demand for a JPC.

The opposition, in no mood to budge rejected the offer along with the Leader of the House and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s suggestion Wednesday for a special session of parliament to discuss the demand for JPC.

The PAC notification said the memoranda submitted to the Committee would be treated as confidential and would form a part of the records of the committee.

It has also offered individuals to appear before the committee but subject to the PAC’s decision.

The PAC is looking into the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on the 2G spectrum allocation in 2008 that said it had led to huge losses to the exchequer.

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