Need for PAC meeting on coal allocation questioned by Cong members

NEW DELHI, Sept 21:
Congress Members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee(PAC) today put a question mark over the logic for a meeting with the CAG on the issue of coal block allocation as they said much of it is already in purview of the public.
But PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi trashed their suggestions as CAG Vinod Rai and his team of officials made a detailed presentation on the Government auditor’s report on coalblock allocations.
Some Congress members also took exception to the decision of the PAC Secretariat to send several hundred newspaper clippings to the members of the Committee on CAG’s report on coal block allocations.
Members claimed that most of the news reports were critical of the Government and did not present a fair picture.
While withdrawing the clippings, Dr Joshi said the documents were sent to update the members on the issue in a simple language.
In its August 23 meeting, PAC had decided to examine the four latest reports of the CAG, including the one on coal block allocation.
The other CAG reports are on Delhi International Airport Ltd, Ultra Mega Power Plants and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).(PTI)


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