New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam while addressing the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Bowing to sustained pressure applied by the Opposition parties led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the 2G scam issue, Singh made the announcement for setting up the JPC so that the crucial Budget Session is not disrupted.
“The winter session was lost and the country cannot afford to lose another session. Our Government is committed to root out corruption. The Government is fully cooperating with the investigations into the 2G scam. The Government also agrees to setting up of JPC,” said Singh while admitting that Government failed to convince the Opposition otherwise.
“The Government agreed for a JPC as the country can ill afford disruption of the crucial Budget Session,” he added.
Requesting Speaker Meira Kumar to proceed with the formation of the JPC, the Prime Minister said that a formal motion will be moved soon. However, the terms of reference of the JPC are yet to be decided. The motion for the formation of the JPC will be moved in the Lok Sabha on February 24 by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj thanked the Prime Minister for announcing the formation of a JPC to investigate the 2G spectrum scam and called it a victory of democracy.
“I thank the Prime Minister and welcome the JPC. This is victory of democracy. This is not a victory of the Opposition or the defeat of the Government,” Sushma said.
However, the terms of reference of the JPC are yet to be decided. The motion for the formation of the JPC will be moved in the Lok Sabha on February 24.
Congress sources say the JPC should also investigate the telecom policy and licences issued during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. They claim that most of Opposition parties barring the BJP are in favour of this proposal.