Monday, May 13, 2013

2G JPC split down middle on PM role : IN RUN-UP TO 2014, TROUBLES MULTIPLY FOR UPA

New Delhi: Faced with a serious risk of the rejection of the JPC report on the spectrum scam, which gave a clean chit to the PM and the finance minister, the Congress on Tuesday aggressively lobbied the SP to prevent it from joining parties determined to change the draft prepared by the Congress’s P C Chacko.

With 15 members of the 30-strong panel set to insist on significant changes in the report, which pinned the blame on the NDA and ex-telecom minister A Raja, the vote of the SP member on the panel, Shailendra Kumar, will be decisive in settling whether the PM and the finance minister attract the blame. TNN

CAG picks holes in rural job scheme
New Delhi: The UPA’s flagship rural job guarantee scheme seems to be losing popularity, with the number of rural poor opting for it coming down.

Rural household employment fell from 54 days in 2009-10 to 43 days in 2011-12 even as the scheme aims to enhance livelihood security by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a year. In fact, Maharashtra, UP and Bihar, which are home to nearly 50% of India’s below the poverty line population, accounted for only 20% of total expenditure under the scheme. The performance in 2012-13 is believed to be even worse. TNN

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