<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session II (Winter Session) </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session II (Winter Session) Tuesday, November 30, 1999/Agrahayana 9, 1921 (Saka )

Title: Need to clarify the Doordarshan news regarding submitting of report of the Kargil Commission to the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

SHRI PRIYA RANJAN DASMUNSI (RAIGANJ): Mr. Deputy-Speaker, Sir, I would like to bring to the notice, through you a very important matter. It is causing concern to the entire nation. Sir, on 23rd November, repeated messages were given through the Doordarshan and also other TV channels. But I had watched Doordarshan. To correct the position whether I was right or wrong, I wrote a letter to the CEO of the Prasar Bharati and the All India Radio asking him to give the correct verbatim. The report was like this that the Chairman of the Kargil Commission, Mr. Subramanyam, had submitted the report of the Kargil Commission to the Government on the afternoon of 23rd November, the holy day of Guru Nanak's birthday. Later on, on the next day, newspapers reported that Mr. Subramanyam called on the Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had some interaction with him and assured that it would come before the 15th of December. Reports are now in various circles in the news media that the report was submitted. But, maybe, something was wrong or right in the paragraph. We do not know that. It was further advised to be amended. Firstly, the Chairman was not supposed to be with the Prime Minister till he hands over the report. Secondly, if at all he met the Prime Minister, whether he has submitted the report or not. This should be checked up from the Government and they should take the House into confidence because this is causing a lot of concern to the entire country. I asked for the verbatim of the Doordarshan's report came in the news media on that day from the CEO. I hope the Government should clarify the position because it is creating a lot of concern and lot of apprehension about the objectivity and impartiality of the Government towards the Commission. That is all.

SHRI SAIDUZZAMA : Sir, my name is in the list. My name has not been called.

SHRI RUPCHAND PAL (HOOGLY): Sir, it is a very serious matter. I associate with the views expressed by him. The hon. Prime Minister owes it to the House to explain the situation as to what had happened actually.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Nothing will go on record.

(Interruptions) *