January 30, 2002

Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued 
the following statement:

Submit CVC Report to PAC

The decision of the Defence Minister, George Fernandes, to deny the 
Public Accounts Committee of parliament access to the Central 
Vigilance Commissioner's report on defence purchases is indefensible. 
The CVC had been requested to scrutinse the purchases of defence 
equipment for the past one decade. His report is of the highest public 
interest in the light of the continuing scandals surfacing in defence 

In a democratic system, defence contracts involving huge amounts of 
money must be transparent and accountable to parliament. To take cover 
behind grounds such as "prejudicial to the interests of the State" are 
untenable. The Vajpayee government must immediately ensure that the 
report is made available to the Public Accounts Committee and a 
similar approach must be adopted in making all relevant documents 
available to the PAC regarding the purchases made during the Kargil 
war which has been the subject of scrutiny by the CAG.


cpi(m) website: http://www.cpim.org
people's democracy: http://pd.cpim.org

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