Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Karunanidhi: CAG should evaluate not only process, but outcome

New Delhi:  It was the Comptroller and Auditor General's report (CAG) that led to his minister, A Raja, exiting the government.  And on the day when that report on the 2G spectrum scam was tabled in parliament, DMK chief, M Karunanidhi, shared his message for CAG.

At a function in Chennai to mark 150 years of the CAG, Karunanidhi sent a statement that was read out by his son, MK Stalin.

Karunanidhi declared, "You have the valuable gift of power to criticize and such unfettered power comes with responsibility. It's your bounden duty that this task is carried out in the best possible manner and in public interest alone." 

The DMK is standing by Raja, insisting that his resignation does not mean that the party has accepted his guilt. After stepping down on Sunday evening, Raja said he should be credited with leading a telecom revolution in the country. He said his decision to award licenses at cheap rates in 2008 led to a massive increase in tele-density, allowing millions of Indians to benefit.  

Echoing that line, Karunanidhi said today, "CAG audit will be useful if they could evaluate not only inputs and process but also outputs and outcome. "

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