New Delhi: Agitated over its finding in coal mine allocation issue, Congress targeted the CAG again by utilising the opinion of the Supreme Court on 2G spectrum matter.

Noting certain observations of the apex court in the 2G case on Friday last, Tewari said "if the Supreme Court can be so circumspect in its observations, is it not essential that other constitutional bodies, especially the CAG, should follow suit?".

Tewari also recalled that in its earlier judgement on the 2G matter, the Supreme Court had refrained from commenting on the "hypothetical loss" figures computed by the CAG.

The party also took a dig at BJP hoping it would react with sobriety on the order and "does not raise post-retirement judicial sinecures".

The remarks were in the context of two-year cool-off period for judges before taking up a job after retirement proposed by BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

At the same time, party spokesman Manish Tewari downplayed Monday's observations by the apex court that CAG is not a "munimji" (accountant).

Seeking to downplay the CAG's contention in its reports on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations, Tewari insisted that even the non-auction of spectrum has benefited the country.

To drive home his point, he said tele-density in 1994 in urban areas was just 0.89 percent which has increased to 77.79 percent in 2012. As regards rural areas, tele-density has risen from 0.29 percent to 40.44 percent during the same period.

Noting that this has been achieved in spite of India having one of the lowest telecom tariffs in the world, he said that the telecom revolution acted as an economic multiplier.

Similarly on the coal issue, he said the intention behind the coal block allocations was to raise power production by 18,300 MW, sponge iron production by 35 MT, steel capacity by 13.2 MT and cement production capacity by seven MT.

Besides, he said coal based power generation in the 12th Plan is going to get a substantial boost. Power generation was only 8375 MW in the 10th Plan and 54,946 MW in the 11th Plan and it is set to raise to 68,000 MW in the 12th Plan.

"Therefore, it is important that while on the one hand the CAG functions within limits, on the other BJP reacts with sobriety on the Supreme Court judgement," he added. Seeking  o downplay the CAG's contention in its reports on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations, Tewari insisted that even the non-auction of spectrum has benefited the country.

To drive home his point, he said tele-density in 1994 in urban areas was just 0.89 percent which has increased to 77.79 percent in 2012. As regards rural areas, tele-density has risen from 0.29 percent to 40.44 percent during the same period.

Noting that this has been achieved in spite of India having one of the lowest telecom tariffs in the world, he said that the telecom revolution acted as an economic multiplier.

Similarly on the coal issue, he said the intention behind the coal block allocations was to raise power production by 18,300 MW, sponge iron production by 35 MT, steel capacity by 13.2 MT and cement production capacity by seven MT.

Besides, he said coal based power generation in the 12th Plan is going to get a substantial boost. Power generation was only 8375 MW in the 10th Plan and 54,946 MW in the 11th Plan and it is set to raise to 68,000 MW in the 12th Plan.

"Therefore, it is important that while on the one hand the CAG functions within limits, on the other BJP reacts with sobriety on the Supreme Court judgement," he added.

(Agencies)


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