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Sibal blames CAG, media, courts for policy paralysis

PTI  Mumbai, November 10, 2012
First Published: 21:45 IST(10/11/2012) | Last Updated: 21:46 IST(10/11/2012)

Telecom minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday blamed the "erudition of CAG, the media and the court" for the perceived policy paralysis and asserted that the government continues to take decisions.

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"The paralysis has occurred because of three factors -- the erudition of CAG, the media and the court. It is the symbiotic relationship between these three institutions that has resulted in a situation where we find it difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Yet this government continues to take decisions," Sibal said, while answering a particular question at Economic Times Awards function.

The government has been battling the perception of policy paralysis for the past few months, with leaders like Infosys' NR Nararyana Murthy and Wipro's Azim Premji criticising the government on economic affairs amid threats of downgrading from global rating agencies.

"Where is the paralysis. I think if there is any paralysis, it is because Parliament is not functioning. Is the government responsible for it. May be partly, but there is an equal responsibility for those who sit on the other side because Parliament is forum for debate," he said.

If laws cannot be passed, then the perception is there is paralysis, he said. "But the source of paralysis is not the government, either in executive decision making or in the context of our participation in Parliament," he added.

"It (paralysis) started in 2010 not because of the government but because what happened in court of law. 122 licences were cancelled ... a paralysis did not emerge from us. The moment that happened, we started to set things right." he said.

The government has taken quick and firm decisions in the the telecom sector, he said and cited the proposed November 12 auction as as example of government decision.


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