PAC can look into NDA's telecom policy: Joshi

PAC can look into NDA's telecom policy: Joshi

He said that the parliamentary committee was not limited just to CAG report.

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  • Last Updated: December 27, 2010, 5:18 PM IST
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New Delhi: Public Accounts Committee Chairman and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, after meeting the Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai over the 2G spectrum scam report, said that the committee can even look at reports in the telecom sector pre-2004.

Contradicting the BJP position on PAC, Joshi said that the parliamentary committee was not limited just to CAG report but can look at telecom policy even during the NDA years.

"Our agenda is only 2G but if required we can go back and look into previous reports. We are working according to rule of PAC and we can not discuss the policy decision of the government," said Joshi while addressing the media in New Delhi on Monday.

He said that the PAC would decide if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is required to depose before the PAC or not and added that parliamentary convention states that Speaker's permission would be needed before taking calling the Prime Minister.

"Under PAC rule no minister can be called unless the Speaker ask him or her," he said.

He also clarified that the CAG was not summoned by the PAC.

"CAG was not summoned to the PAC. Today we had a meeting with him. He came to help us and go through the report as it is a very technical report. Members wanted to know how he reached the figure of loss. Why report starts from 2003?" he added.

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