30-member JPC set up to go into 2G spectrum issue

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New Delhi: A Joint Parlia-mentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum allocation issue, being dubbed by the Opposition as the biggest scam in independent India, was set up on November 23 amid charges  and countercharges between the government and the Opposition.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee moved the motion for appointment of the 30-member committee to look into the telecom policy pursued from 1998 to 2009, including the allocation and pricing of telecom licenses and spectrum.

AIADMK MP M. Thambi-durai met Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and NDA Working Chairperson L.K. Advani on February 23 to request that the principal Opposition also take up its case for a 30-member Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).

Both Advani and Swaraj conveyed these sentiments to the government and suggested that a bigger JPC be formed.

Twenty members of the JPC will be from the Lok Sabha, while 10 will be from the Rajya Sabha. The seats given to each party are based on its strength in the two Houses.

The Congress will have eight members in the committee from the Lower House and three from the Upper House.

BJP will have four members from the Lok Sabha in the committee, one of which it will give to ally Shiv Sena, which is not getting any representation. The main Opposition will also have two members from the Upper House.

The DMK will have two members and AIADMK will have one member in the panel.

Congress MP P. C. Chacko is still the front-runner for the post of JPC chairperson.

Congress allys NCP and Trinamool Congress will have one member each on the panel. BSP, JD (U) and Left parties will have two each while SP and BJD will have one each.

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