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2 G Bomb : RTIs Shook North Block

Vivek Garg, Manas Pub, 2012, 400 p, ISBN : 9788170494218, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

2 G Bomb : RTIs Shook North Block

The C&AG report tells that the 2G spectrum scam cost the country approximately Rs. 1,76,645 crores. The amount involved in 2G spectrum scam is so huge that one cannot imagine that this scam did materialize without the involvement of the top political masters. How come nobody in the Prime Minister’s Offie and the Ministry of Finance could sniff the dirty spectrum air?

Briefly it is pointed out that the 2G spectrum scam infact started due to unlawful changes in terms of references (ToR) for vacation and reallocation of spectrum from defence and related organisations. Earlier, only the defence was enjoying the exclusive rights to use the 2G spectrum technology. The draft ToR for GoM included the pricing of spectrum. But after the discussion (as per documents supplied under RTI) between Sh. Dayanidhi Maran and Prime Minister, the original ToR were modified, which were finally approved. These final ToR (proposed by Telecom Minister) had no sign of pricing of spectrum. This was the beginning of 2G Scam. Later on no auction of spectrum licences was done and the licences were allotted at the prices of 2001 in 2008 which shocked the country due to this one of the biggest scam so far.

This book is an outcome of the PMO’s and other responses from ministries to various applications field under the right to information (RTI) Act on the 2G spectrum. Though the response is not very warm. Yet the Prime Minister’s Office sent the Controversial Office Memorandum of March 25 2011 prepared by the Ministry of Finance, which they had sent to the PMO alongwith many other important documents. This note, which shook the North and South Blocks is quite and dye opener. The book, based n the documents received in response to RTIs filed by Vivek Garg is an attempt to bring the 2G spectrum scam in public domain.

He is an advocate and veteran in RTI activism who has been fighting for long to expose corruption at high places. Now, the 2G spectrum scam, the commonwealth games 2010 Scam, crude oil scam, the rotten grain scam, bunch of various scams in UP and politics of riots in various states, figure prominently in his fight against corruption list.

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