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    PM likely to announce JPC probe in 2G scam today

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister is likely to make a statement in Lok Sabha on the 2G scam and the formation of a JPC on Tuesday.

    As the government battles the scam taint on several fronts, President Pratibha Patil addressing the joint session of Parliament on Monday, sought to underscore what the Prime Minister said in a meeting with TV editors, that the government is serious about tackling corruption.

    And one of the moves to bring in transparency would the abolishment of the much abused Discretionary powers of ministers.

    Sources have told CNN-IBN, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on corruption is likely to recommend cancellation of the discretionary powers enjoyed by as many as 53 ministries.

    The GoM could also make recommendations on sanction to prosecute bureaucrats and bringing transparency in the tendering process.

    CPI leader D Raja said, "The UPA II government is full of corruption and scams. That is why the President's speech could not inspire the Parliament members. The government lacks conviction, for whatever it has claimed that it has done in last one year."

    In a conciliatory move the government will finally announce the formation of a Joint Parliamentary probe into the 2G spectrum scam on the February 24.

    But the scope of the JPC will be limited to 2G as the government has declined the BJP's demand that the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Adarsh scams be brought within its ambit.

    With the stalemate on the JPC now all but over, the government will be hoping the budget will help correct the perception of a governance deficit. The President in her address signaled that the budget will give a vigorous push to economic reforms. The challenge, as the Prime Minister admitted, will be to combat inflation while sustaining growth.