New Delhi: A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was set up to probe the 2G spectrum allocation issue on Thursday. The move came after the Lok Sabha witnessed charges and countercharges between the Government and the Opposition.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee moved the motion for appointment of the 30-member committee to look into the telecom scam.

The committee will examine every aspect of the scam including irregularities, aberrations and the consequences in the implementation of government decisions and policies.

The Committee will give its report by the end of the Monsoon session of Parliament. It will ensure that appropriate procedures for implementation of laid policy in the allocation and pricing of telecom licences are formulated.

War of words
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj made a frontal attack on the Congress-led coalition for conceding to the demand after a long time. Justifying her role as the Leader of Opposition, she was critical of Mukherjee for dubbing opposition as ‘Maoists’.

At one point, Mukherjee reminded Swaraj that what he wanted was a debate to decide on JPC but the BJP was not ready.

Sibal takes charge
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal sought to turn the tables on the BJP alleging that the party was not interested in a debate and wanted a JPC without discussion. He said that what had happened during their tenure would have been exposed in the discussion.

This led to a sharp protest from the opposition benches with several BJP members demanding that if this was the government's attitude, then it should withdraw the motion itself.

The 2G spectrum scam, according to the CAG, has led to a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the government and the issue has become crucial for the opposition. It has used the issue to target the government both inside and outside Parliament for the last few months.

The 20 members on the Committee from the Lok Sabha are V Kishore Chandra S Deo, Paban Singh Ghatowar, Jai Prakash Agarwal, Deepender Singh Hooda, P C Chacko, Manish Tewari, Nirmal Khatri, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, T R Baalu, Kalyan Banerjee, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Harin Pathak, Gopinath Munde, Sharad Yadav, Dara Singh Chauhan, Akhilesh Yadav, Gurudas Dasgupta, Arjun Charan Sethi and M Thambidurai.

Constitution of the JPC, with 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha, formally ends the deadlock over the issue which had washed out the entire Winter session of Parliament.


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