NEW DELHI: In what may result in every other political slugfest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) might soak up scrutiny of the PM CARES Fund.
The PAC, chaired by way of Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, will meet on Friday to speak about and believe number of topics for exam all over 2020-21, in line with data to be had at the Lok Sabha web page. Opposition events together with Congress, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena and the Left had been vocal about making main points of the Fund public.
“The PAC is one of the oldest parliamentary committee if not the oldest and as per the norm it is headed by a senior leader of opposition to maintain impartiality. But we suspect that there is going to be an attempt by the Congress to use PAC for political gains and settle scores. This is not the first time when Congress along with other opposition parties would try to do it,” stated an individual conscious about the trends.
The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, or the PM CARES Fund, arrange on 28 March, defines itself as a public charitable believe with the important thing function of “dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation” just like the covid-19 pandemic.
The Opposition, together with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, has accused the union executive of no longer being clear concerning the Fund. The Centre, then again, has stated it has allotted cash from the Fund for ventilators, aid measures for migrants and vaccine building, amongst others.
Opposition leaders from the committee stated all issues bearing on earnings and expenditure of the union executive can be taken up for dialogue however added that investment problems associated with covid-19 can be a key focal point.
“There will be more clarity closer to the meeting on what are the exact subjects which are selected for scrutiny. But naturally issues related to covid-19 will be a top priority because entire nation’s focus on that. PM CARES Fund is being raised by all opposition parties and it could be taken up in the committee meeting as well,” a senior opposition member from the committee stated soliciting for anonymity.
Senior leaders of the National Democratic Alliance have stated that Congress leaders had attempted to nook the union executive by way of hoping to ask house secretary Ajay Bhalla to parliamentary committee to query him at the Fund.
“Parliamentary committees are non-partisan but chief of PAC is a senior Congress leader. We will have to see how many people actually take part in the meeting of the committee on 10 July. Most members are not in Delhi so if they are not able to reach then there cannot be any meeting,” stated someone else.
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