Agencies, New Delhi
The Joint Parliamentary committee looking into the allocation of 2G Spectrum has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he was misled by the then Telecom Minister A Raja and termed as ‘ill conceived’ the loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore estimated by Comptroller and Auditor General of India .
Giving a clean chit to the Prime Minister, the report, which was submitted by JPC Chairman P C Chacko to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, said, ‘’The committee were inclined to conclude that the Prime Minister was misled by the Minister for Communications and Information technology A Raja about the procedure decided to be followed by the DoT in respect of issuance of UAS licenses.
Further, the assurance given by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology (Raja) in all his correspondence with the Prime Minister to maintain full transparency in following established rules and procedures of the Department stood belied.’’
The report also termed as ‘ill-founded’ the Rs 1.76 crore loss on account of allocation of licenses and spectrum. ‘’The committee are of the considered view that calculation of any loss on account of allocation of licenses and spectrum is ill founded,’’ the report said.
The report also said the procedure regarding the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) criteria was a ‘misrepresentation of facts and a deviation from the existing procedure’. ‘’The Committee wish to point out that the procedure regarding the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) criteria was a ‘misrepresentation of facts and in tactic deviation from the existing procedure’, the report said.
The JPC report also questioned the decision of the NDA Government in 1994 to grant concessions to telecom companies on licence fee despite protests by then Telecom Minister Jagmohan who was supported by the then finance Minister Yashwant Sinha.