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Cong leader KV Thomas new PAC chief

PTI  New Delhi, August 20, 2014
First Published: 15:54 IST(20/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:12 IST(20/8/2014)

Senior Congress leader KV Thomas was made the new head of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), a prestigious panel which examines CAG reports after they are tabled in Parliament, on Wednesday.

The post of PAC chairman usually goes to the main opposition party in Parliament but the development assumes significance as it comes amidst the bad blood between the government and Congress over denial of the leader of opposition post status to the latter.

The PAC, constituted every year, consists of not more than 22 members out of which 15 are elected by the Lok Sabha and not more than seven members from Rajya Sabha. "We will work as a team. We will examine whatever issues are placed before us," Thomas, the former Union minister, told PTI after taking over.

The first meeting of the committee will take place next week. Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP) was the chairman of the PAC in the last Lok Sabha.

The PAC's controversial 2011 draft report on the 2G scam, which had indicted former telecom minister A Raja and come down heavily on the PMO and the cabinet secretariat for not taking "corrective action", continued to be on its 'unfinished agenda' for three years.

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