Citing various Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) reports, the Congress on Monday accused that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government committed spectrum scams worth ₹69,381 crore to benefit private telecom operators.
“According to CAG, to benefit private telecom operators, spectrum scams worth ₹69,381 crore were committed by the Modi government,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said while addressing a press conference.
He also alleged that the exchequer had to suffer a loss due to the government unilaterally differing spectrum auction for six years.
“Deferred spectrum caused an interest loss of worth ₹23,821 crore to the taxpayer,” he said.
He further said that the Modi government went against the 2012 order of the Supreme Court and allotted microwave (MW) spectrum on ‘first come first serve’ basis.
“The Supreme Court, in 2012, had ordered that the spectrum allocation should be done through auctioning and struck down the FCFS policy. A recent CAG Report conclusively proves that Modi government has allotted microwave access spectrum based on ‘first come first serve’ basis,” Khera said.
“PM Modi shouted from the rooftops that there is not a single allegation of corruption against his government. This ludicrous and laughable claim by PM Modi is once again today exposed by a CAG report on telecom spectrum scam,” he said.
“Is the BJP Government acting as a wilful collaborator with select corporate entities in artfully violating the Feb 2012 Supreme Court judgement, which makes it mandatory to auction spectrum?” Khera added.