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Apr 27, 2011 at 10:09pm IST

Govt dismissive of PAC draft report

New Delhi: Incensed by the leak of a draft report of Public Accounts Committee prepared by Chairman MM Joshi, the government on Wednesday was dismissive about it and targeted him, saying he was acting as a BJP member rather than the chief of the Parliamentary panel.

The differences between the Congress and Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee one one side and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members on the other side came out in the open on Wednesday. Following details of the 2G scam report prepared by BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi-led PAC coming out in media, the Congress and DMK MPs claimed that the report was prepared with a biased mind and with malacious intent.

Member of PAC ON 2G KS Rao said, "Notice given to us about the meeting to be held did not give any agenda. We are shocked to see what is the intention of the chairman."

Rao called the leaking of the full report an insult to the members. He also commented that this kind of chairman cannot do justice to the country and that MM Joshi should resign.

PAC's draft report seems to have been prepared in pre-determined way with biased mind and malafide intention. Too short a time to go into the report in detail and participate in tomorrow's PAC meet said Rao.

PAC members from Lok Sabha include - Dr Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP), Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena), Dr Baliram (BSP), Ramen Deka (BJP), Naveen Jindal (Congress), Satpal Maharaj (Congress), Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD), Dr Kavuri Samba Siva Rao (Congress), Kunwar Rewati Raman Singh (SP), Jitendra Singh (Congress), Yashwant Sinha (BJP), Kumbakudi Sudhakaran (Congress), Dr Munisamy Thambidurai (AIADMK), Dhanapal Venugopal (DMK) amd Aruna Kumar Vundavalli (Congress).

PAC members from Rajya Sabha include - N Balaganga (AIADMK), Prasanta Chatterjee (CPIM), Kalraj Mishra (BJP), NK Singh (JDU), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz (Congress).

"This is not a report of PAC but that of Joshi...One should understand the difference. The PAC is meeting tomorrow," a senior minister said when asked to react to the report which has raised questions on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and criticised P Chidambaram in his previous portfolio as Finance Minister.

Another minister said Joshi "has been acting like a BJP member rather than the Chairman of PAC".

Noting that the PAC Chairman is "one among equals" who is appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker, the minister said "the members of the PAC have been routinely complaining that they have never been given the agenda of the PAC meetings."

Even the information coming from the Telecom Ministry was never shared with the members, the minister said citing the refrain of PAC members.

The PAC is meeting on Thursday with an intention of adopting the report, two days ahead of the end of the Committee's term.

With PTI Inputs