Mere PAC screening of loan waiver report not enough: BJP
A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured parliament that action will be taken in the irregularities reported in the loan waiver scheme, the BJP said mere examination of the CAG's report by a parliamentary committee will not be enough.
"The prime minister said PAC will look into the CAG report. We reject Prime Minister's logic because it is an effort for covering up the scam," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Assuring Rajya Sabha of "stringent action" against those found guilty of irregularities in the loan waiver scheme, Manmohan Singh had on Wednesday said that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would be examining the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report.
"That is why we have demanded a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) enquiry. Those who deserved were left out, those who did not deserve benefitted. I want to ask the government, how many beneficiaries had a loan of more than Rs. 5 lakh," Javadekar said.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report tabled in parliament Tuesday on the "Implementation of Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008", said there were irregularities in at least one in five cases.
The Manmohan Singh government had announced a debt waiver for farmers across the country in 2008, a move that analysts say helped the government win the 2009 general election.