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It is disheartening to find the Public Accounts Committee's draft report on the 2G spectrum scam entrapped in a confrontation between its Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi and the Congress members. It is a clear attempt to divert the nation's attention from the gigantic corruption scam to unimportant procedural formalities. What a pity!
The PAC members, drawn from different parties, are expected to function without any bias. But they are behaving in an extremely partisan manner. The Congress may succeed in preventing the tabling of the PAC report in Parliament. But it cannot prevent people from coming to their own conclusions on the mega 2G scam.
The Lok Sabha Speaker rejected the report saying it was “unfinished work.” Logically, the new PAC should complete the work. But as Tuesday's incident shows, political compulsions override the real issue.
When the 2G scam was first exposed by the CAG, it got the attention of the whole nation, prompting the government to initiate unprecedented investigation against politicians and bureaucrats. However, with the passage of time, the scam has been relegated to newspaper columns. The UPA government should ensure that the report is tabled and discussed in Parliament at the earliest.
The divergence of views among the PAC members suggests that our elected representatives cannot uphold the objective of parliamentary committees. Petty politics of electoral gain or loss seems to have stalled the very functioning of the PAC. Individuality and independence, the prerequisites of statutory bodies, are being influenced by political parties. Does not this jeopardise parliamentary democracy?
There is nothing strange in the way the PAC is functioning. All its members care only for their individual party lines. How can the general public expect such a committee to be just and impartial? One wonders whether things are the same in the Joint Parliamentary Committee as well. People are fast losing faith in the ability of their elected representatives to deliver.
The PAC has been reduced to a forum where its members can quarrel, thanks to the attitude of the Congress, which is trying to kill the voice of the committee by raising unreasonable objections.
The fact is that such committees are used to settle personal scores. After successfully stalling the submission of the PAC report, one is sure, the Congress will use the same tactic to scuttle the JPC. What a waste of money! The truth about the 2G scam may never come out. Public memory is short and the scam will soon be forgotten. This is the way our democracy has been functioning all along.
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