May 28, 2016 3:53:41 am
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has resolved to take up the CAG report on the AgustaWestland issue for examination. The decision came at a meeting of the committee here on Thursday.
The entire report of the CAG on the “Acquisition of Helicopters for VVIPs” is among the 100 subjects identified by the PAC for detailed examination. These issues have emerged from various reports of the CAG on matters pertaining to several ministries and departments.
The committee is headed by senior Congress member K V Thomas, a former Union minister. The post is conventionally earmarked for a representative of the main opposition party.
The first meeting of the PAC was held on May 18 for identifying subjects it would take up during its one-year tenure. Vijay Goel of the BJP demanded that the PAC take up the 2013 CAG report on the VVIP chopper deal. The report had stated that the process followed differed from established procurement procedures.
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The members belonging to the Congress, on the other hand, said that the report had come when the former BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi was the chairman of the PAC. However, it was not taken up by the panel then. Had there been any substance in the matter, the PAC would have gone into it.
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