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Issues raised by CAG won’t be ignored: PM

 NEW DELHI, Sept 7 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today promised that issues raised in the CAG report over coal block allocation would not be “swept under the carpet” and necessary “corrective action” will be taken even as he lashed out at BJP for pursuing obstructionist politics, reports PTI.

 He said the CAG, in its report on coal block allocation, has “rightly or wrongly” made certain allegations about public functionaries and the government was ready to discuss these in Parliament and Public Accounts Committee.

“I assure all of you that the issues raised in the CAG report are not being swept under the carpet. They will be discussed in Parliament as they should be. Whatever corrective action is necessary will be taken,” Singh said in his ‘message to the nation’ soon after the turmoil-ridden Monsoon Session of came to an end.

“The CAG report on coal block allocation should have been discussed in Parliament and Public Accounts Committee but the Opposition chose to cause disruptions,” he said.

The CAG report had criticised allocation of coal blocks instead of auctioning them during 2005 and 2009 and felt that it could have accrued benefits to the tune of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to private firms.

Unhappy over washout of the Parliament session, Singh said obstructionist politics amounts to “total negation” of democracy and is hurting efforts to revive growth besides weakening the country.

He asked “all right minded Indians to stand up and unite against the forces of anarchy and disruption” to secure the foundations of hard earned democratic and Constitutional rights”, warning that politics of disruption would be a “grave violation” of democracy and could lead to “deeply divided and disenchanted” country.

Noting that the country is faced with several challenges on security and economic front, Singh said the government can rebuild growth momentum but is “constantly distracted by the actions of those who prefer obstruction over discussion”.

The Prime Minister said, “We have great respect for the institution of CAG but if we do respect this institution, we must be willing to debate its finding in PAC or even on the floor of Parliament which we have always been willing.”

He said the institution of CAG would be strengthened only by taking its reports seriously enough to discuss them in the PAC and in the House.

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