CAG, media, courts cause policy paralysis, says Sibal

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Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal

The Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal today blamed the “erudition of CAG, the media and the court” for the perceived policy paralysis and asserted that the government continues to take decisions.

“The paralysis has occurred because of three factors — the erudition of CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India), the media and the court. It is the symbiotic relationship between these three institutions that has resulted in a situation where we find it difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Yet this government continues to take decisions,” Sibal said, while answering a particular question at Economic Times Awards function.

The government has been battling the perception of policy paralysis for the past few months, with leaders like Infosys’ N R Nararyana Murthy and Wipro’s Azim Premji criticising the government on economic affairs amid threats of downgrading from global rating agencies.

“Where is the paralysis…I think if there is any paralysis, it is because Parliament is not functioning. Is the government responsible for it…May be partly, but there is an equal responsibility for those who sit on the other side because Parliament is forum for debate,” he said.

If laws cannot be passed, then the perception is ‘there is paralysis’, he said. “But the source of paralysis is not the government, either in executive decision making or in the context of our participation in Parliament,” he added.

“It (paralysis) started in 2010 not because of the government but because what happened in court of law. 122 licences were cancelled ... a paralysis did not emerge from us. The moment that happened, we started to set things right.” he said.

The government has taken quick and firm decisions in the telecom sector he said, and cited the proposed November 12 auction as an example of government decision.

(This article was published on November 10, 2012)
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With all your hairs white and after all those years spent gaining wisdom, do we need to remind you that paralysis is caused only when there is a malafide intent in the policy which has been planted to loot the gullible people and make merry with selected businessman (stashing money abroad). Donn't try to push the blame to right and left Mr. minister. After your ardent defending of the, apex court - proven, guilty 2G, KG and Coal block (etc.) scamsters, i fail to understand with what sense of right or wrong you comment on national policy, scams and corruption.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Nov 10, 2012 at 21:39 IST

He can't be more precise, can he? What about the people or mango people
to be more precise? Aren't they also causing obstruction to the
government? Mr.Sibal you can not run rough shod over a billion people;
the British found it and you will find it next time this nation goes to

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Nov 11, 2012 at 06:55 IST

Yes, the symbiotic relationship between ruling politician, corrupt
bureaucrat and businessman has made the CAG ,media and Court to become
pro-active.This has become a head-ache to the present coalition Central
Govt and Mr Sibal has remarked like this.

from:  C.Satyanarayana
Posted on: Nov 11, 2012 at 12:54 IST
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