New Delhi: Even after constituting Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), the problems for the Central government seem to be unending, as another panel has started probing the 2G spectrum scam.

Seeking the details of the matter, the permanent committee of Parliament has put forth a long list of questionnaires before the Department of Telecommunication (DoT), besides questioning the S-band allocation.
 
The committee looking into the functioning of DoT has taken a serious note of the irregularities found in the allocation of spectrum. The panel in its last meeting not only raised questions over the working of the department but also put the government in the dock over S-band and Devas-ISRO deal. The panel has sought answers to all its queries prior to next meeting.

The committee has widened the probe into spectrum allocation to the mid-nineties when mobile services have started, seeking information on what basis spectrum was allocated to the mobile companies.

Further, it has also questioned the spectrum management capability of the DoT, besides asking the steps taken by the government to ensure maximum utility of the spectrum. The panel also expressed concerns over the delay in services provided by the mobile companies after spectrum allocation.

According to sources, the panel has also sought the name of companies which failed to do so. Although DoT has already issued show cause notices for cancelling the licences of the companies which were allocated Spectrum, the committee wants to know whether the department has taken any step to prepare transparent and answerable policy related to spectrum allocation and its management.

Permanent Committee under the chairmanship of Congress MP Rao Indrajeet Singh has also questioned the preparations over the new telecom policy, besides giving instructions to the Department of Telecommunication to make all the details available to the panel.

Meanwhile, the JPC will soon begin its probe into the spectrum allocation, and going to hold its first meet on March 24.

(JPN/Bureau)