Lok Sabha nod for 2G panel's extension

Last Updated: Thu, May 17, 2012 15:36 hrs
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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Thursday agreed to extend the term of the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probing the 2G spectrum issue till the end of the winter session in December this year.

This is the second extension being granted to the committee.

A motion for the purpose, moved by the panel's chairman P.C. Chacko, a Congress MP, was passed by the house by a voice vote.

This extension gives the committee time to submit its report on its probe in the spectrum allocation affairs by the end of the Lok Sabha sitting during the winter session.

The committee's term was to end on the last day of the budget session on May 22.

The first extension to the panel was given in September last.

The panel consists of 20 Lok Sabha MPs and 10 Rajya Sabha MPs. It was formed on March 4 2011 to probe the telecom policy of the governments since 1998 to 2009.

Parliament had witnessed repeated disruptions during the budget session last year over opposition demands for the joint parliamentary committee to look into the 2G spectrum issue, despite the then public accounts committee headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Murli Manohar Joshi.

The government, after several days of disruptions in the two houses of parliament, later agreed to constitute the committee.

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