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Pawar to head EGoM on spectrum auction

Pawar to head EGoM on spectrum auction

Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar said the panel is scheduled to meet on Monday to decide on issues relating to auction of telecom spectrum.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will head a high-powered ministerial panel tasked with the onus of deciding on auction of telecom spectrum, a top DoT official said on Friday.
 
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has been reconstituted after Pranab Mukherjee, who was heading it, resigned as Finance Minister to contest the Presidential elections.

"The EGoM will now be headed by Pawar," Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar said, adding the panel is scheduled to meet on Monday to decide on issues relating to auction of telecom spectrum.

The EGoM meeting was scheduled for June 21 but was deferred as Mukherjee did not want to sit on a judgement on such an important issue as he is entering Presidential race.

In February 2012, the Supreme Court cancelled 122 2G telecom licences issued during the tenure of former telecom minister A Raja, and asked the government to complete spectrum auction by August 31.

According to official sources, decisions taken by earlier EGoM will not be changed as the government is in continuation.