Tuesday, November 16, 2010

D-day for Raja, CAG report to be tabled in Parliament

Government will table in Parliament on Tuesday (November 16) the much-talked about report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on 2G spectrum allocation whose reported extracts stirred a major political storm and forced resignation of Telecom Minister A Raja.

The Performance Audit Report on the Issue of Licences and Allocation of 2G Spectrum by the Department of Telecommunications will be tabled in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, officials said.

Presentation of the reoprt is expected to provide fresh fodder to the Opposition which is not satisfied with Raja's resignation and is pressing for Joint Parliamentary probe to unearth the entire scam, a demand rejected by the government.

The BJP and its allies as also the Left parties, AIADMK, SP and RJD are demanding that a JPC should examine the issue in the backdrop of reported contention by the CAG that the
Telecom Ministry caused a loss to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer by allocating 2G spectrum at under-valued prices.

The government has expressed readiness to discuss the CAG report after it is tabled in Parliament.

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