Panel on 2G spectrum gives report, names some officials
The one-man panel that went into the procedures for giving 2G licences between 2001 and 2009 on Monday submitted its report and is understood to have held some officials responsible for improper spectrum allotment.
The Justice Shivraj Patil committee was set up by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to look into the policies and procedures
followed during 2001-2009, a period that includes the NDA regime, and ascertain if they were followed in a transparent
"Some officials have been named and some procedures have been commented upon... What the future course of action should
be for the grant of spectrum has been commented upon," Sibal said after receiving the report.
The committee was constituted to look at the internal departmental procedures adopted by the DoT during 2001-09 with
the issuance of telecom, access service licences and allocation of spectrum to all telecom access service licencees
during this period.
This was done in view of government auditor CAG quantifying the revenue loss to the exchequer on account of the sale of 2G licences and spectrum in 2008 by former Telecom Minister A Raja, who insists that he only followed the policies of his predecessors, at up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
Justice Patil has submitted a 150-page report with annexures running into 1300 pages. Sibal did not divulge details of the findings, but said he would soon look into the report.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
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Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.