Arvind Kejriwal explains that they had written to the finance minister to inform him that they would not be able to attend the meeting on Monday and requested that it be postponed
New Delhi: A day after boycotting the meeting of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Anna Hazare’s team made it clear today that they have no intention of quitting the joint panel and they criticised human resources development minister Kapil Sibal for attacking them.
Arvind Kejriwal, an associate of Mr Hazare, said civil society members will attend the next meeting and he contended that if they got out of the 10-member committee, it would have “no credibility” and that it would be reduced to a government panel with five ministers, PTI reports.
“Kapil Sibal has said that whether we come or not, they will go ahead (with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill). Why did that question arise? We had written to (finance minister) Pranab Mukherjee that we will not be attending the meeting on Monday. We also said that Anna Hazare will not be available on June 10 and that the meeting be postponed. So it makes it clear that we are going to attend meetings. We are not going to leave the committee just like that,” Mr Kejriwal said.
He also accused Mr Sibal of “putting words in our mouth” and said the government should tone down its arrogance. Despite the five civil society members boycotting the meeting yesterday, the ministers went ahead and finalised some provisions of the proposed Lokpal Bill.
Mr Sibal had taken objection to the absence of the meeting by the civil society members and said that the committee would go ahead with its work “whether or not someone comes”.
Reacting to Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi’s comments that Mr Hazare was a mask of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prashant Bhushan, another civil society member of the committee, said such remarks deserve contempt.
The activists also repeated their demand for live telecast of the proceedings of the joint committee, saying it would give a better picture of the positions taken by both sides. Mr Bhushan said the government should not have anything against the live telecast if it had nothing to hide.
On the issue of bringing members of Parliament (MPs) under the ambit of the Lokpal, Mr Kejriwal pointed out that not a single MP accused in the cash-for-vote scam had been punished. “For the past three years, not a single MP has been punished. Has any investigation been done? Has something happened? Our MPs vote after taking money and go unpunished” Mr Kejriwal said. “Tomorrow they will take money from someone outside the country and vote; will that not be detrimental?”
TRAI, which is facing opposition from the new and old established telecom operators over the issues and methods adopted in consultation process to review IUC, has requested the apex court to give suitable directions over it
New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has requested the Supreme Court for a three-month extension for completing formulation of the new Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC) regime, reports PTI.
The apex court had earlier given the TRAI four months time on 4th February for coming up with recommendation on telecom interconnection charges which expired on 4th June.
The telecom watchdog had in an application filed on Friday requested the apex court “to grant further three months time to TRAI to carry out exercise in framing IUC regulation”.
Meanwhile, the TRAI, which is facing opposition from the new and old established telecom operators over the issues and methods adopted in consultation process to review IUC, has requested the apex court to give suitable directions over it.
It has requested the apex court to “grant suitable direction regarding the procedure and method to be followed by it (TRAI) since there are difficulties/issues with regard to implementation of compliance with the directions of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in the impugned order”.
Interconnection charges are paid by a telecom service provider for using network of other operators for transmitting and completing a call.
TRAI’s IUC regulation was widely opposed by the state run BSNL and private operators—Bharti, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Etisalat DB and CDMA lobby group AUSPI on various grounds.
Last month, TDSAT had dismissed the plea filed by the UK-based telecom operator Vodafone, which opposed some of the questions incorporated in IUC consultation paper of TRAI.
On 4th February this year a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice SH Kapadia had directed TRAI to frame the IUC regulation afresh as per the directions of the TDSAT.
TDSAT had on 29th September last year set aside the TRAI’s Interconnection Usage Charges (Regulation), 2009 and asked the telecom regulator to bring out fresh regulations in consultations with various stakeholders.
Following this, TRAI on 27th April issued a consultation paper on IUC. However, a set of GSM companies questioned some of the issued raised in it, contending that it was not in accordance with the directions of TDSAT.
In its 2009 IUC regulation, TRAI had fixed a mobile termination charge (MTC) at 20 paise per minute for all local and national long distance charges.
It had also raised the MTC for incoming international calls to 40 paise per minute from 30 paise, while putting a ceiling on carriage fee of 65 paise per minute for domestic long distance calls.
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