New Delhi: The high-powered committee headed by Planning Commission member BK Chaturvedi, to review the controversial Antrix-Devas deal has submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Prime Minister has asked Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekar to make recommendations on the follow-up action within 15 days after examining the report.

"The Cabinet Secretary has been asked to submit his recommendations within 15 days," a PMO statement said on Saturday.

The committee, which included Prof Roddam Narasimha, had been asked to, inter-alia, review aspects of the agreement between Antrix and Devas and suggest correctives and responsibility for lapses, if any.

It had also been asked to recommend improvements and changes in processes and procedures followed by Antrix, ISRO and Department of Space. 

At a meeting on February 17, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had  recommended annulling the controversial deal under which ISRO's commercial arm Antrix had agreed to lease 90 per cent of scarce S-band space segment capacity on two satellites to private firm Devas for 12 years.

As per the CCS recommendation, Devas, which has former ISRO employees on its top management, was served a termination notice on February 25.

The CCS had cited requirement of the scarce space segment for strategic purposes, including for use of defence, para-military forces, railways and other public utility services.

While scrapping the controversial deal, the CCS also decided not to allot S-band space segment for commercial use and retained it solely for strategic and societal
applications.

"The government will not be able to provide orbit slot in S-band to Antrix for commercial activities, including for those which are the subject matter of existing contractual obligations for S-band," Union Law minister M Verappa Moily had said after the meeting.

A week before the CCS meeting, the Prime Minister had constituted the two-member panel for review of technical, commercial, procedural and financial aspects of the deal.


 (Agencies)