Opposition today forced three adjournments in Rajya Sabha in the pre-lunch session demanding a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on CAG pointing out anomalies in Gujarat’s KG Basin gas project.
Congress sought a discussion on the latest report of CAG listing irregularities in Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s KG basin gas project.
While the government said CAG reports are examined by Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of state assemblies and there was no convention to discuss those in Parliament, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said their notice seeking a discussion was under examination of the Chairman.
This did not satisfy Congress members who rushed into the Well of the House raising slogans “Pradhan Mantri jawab do, jawab do.”
Kurien first adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes till 1130 hours, then till noon and therafter till 1232 hours as similar scenes were repeated when the House reassembled after the brief breaks.
No sooner were the listed papers laid, Madhusudan Mistry (Cong) sought to raise the issue of CAG slamming the handling of the Bay of Bengal KG Basin gas field project by Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC), a state government entity.
While Mistry alleged irregularities of over Rs 30,000 crore were found, Anand Sharma (Cong) said the government has been running away from a discussion on the issue.
“We want this issue to be settled… the matter has to be discussed,” he said.
Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2005 had announced that GSPC had struck 20 Trillion cubic feet of gas reserves in its KG basin block. But recoverable reserves have proved to just one-tenth of that and GSPC’s borrowings shot up to Rs 19,716.27 crore as of March 31, 2015, according to CAG report.
Kurien said if notice is given, Chairman will examine it and called Sukhendu Shekhar Roy to speak on his notice.
Congress members did not relent and moved into the Well shouting slogans.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said PAC of state assemblies go into CAG reports and Parliament does not discuss them. “This is diversionary tactics. They are trying to divert attention from AgustaWestland (helicopter) deal,” he said.