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VISAKHAPATNAM: The Praja Spandana, a forum for common cause, protection and promotion of public interest, has termed ‘unwarranted' Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia's adverse comments on CAG's estimate on loss of revenue to Government (Rs.1.76 lakh crore) during a 30-minute news bulletin on All India Radio on Sunday.
Praja Spandana president C.S. Rao said Mr. Ahluwalia had elaborated by saying that the 2G spectrum agitation was going on for a long time according to the procedure and indirectly cast some aspersions on the CAG.
“This unwarranted statement of the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman is obviously politically motivated only to lend support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is the Chairman of Planning Commission.
There had never been any Deputy Chairman in Planning Commission to have volunteered to make such politically motivated statements, particularly on controversial matters,” he observed.
While this sordid episode was unresolved, Union Minister for HRD Kapil Sibal joined the fray to defend the Government's stand for not appointing the JPC. Against this backdrop, it was very significant that the CAG stuck to its guns confirming the loss of revenue to the Government. The CAG was holding constitutional office and therefore, his stand cannot be questioned and brushed aside, Mr. Rao opined.
The Deputy Chairman should study the undesirable trends in the economy despite planning for better results. “Today, we see a disaster on the Indian roads crowded by latest cars, a kind of mania which has gripped the youngsters and the rich. Unlimited, unchecked growth in fuel consumption has cascading effect on the entire economy, which Mr. Ahluwalia needs to bother about,” he added.
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