Public Accounts Committee (India)

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is a committee of selected members of Parliament, constituted by the Parliament of India, for the auditing of the expenditure of the Government of India.

The PAC is formed every year with a strength of not more than 22 members of which 15 are from Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament, and 7 from Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament.[1] The term of office of the members is one year. The Chairman is appointed by the Speaker of Lok Sabha. Since 1967, the chairman of the committee is selected from the opposition. Earlier, it was headed by a member of the ruling party. Its chief function is to examine the audit report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) after it is laid in the Parliament. CAG assists the committee during the course of investigation. None of the 22 members shall be a minister in the government.

The present PAC is headed by Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi of the Bharatiya Janata Party.The term of office of members of the Committee does not exceed one year at a time.[2][3]


2G spectrum scam[edit]

In 2011, the Public Accounts Committee probed the 2G spectrum scam which brought the committee to public attention.[4][5] The committee, on 4 April 2011, summoned Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata group, and Niira Radia, corporate lobbyist regarding the scam.[4][5] The PAC asked Congress members to apologise to Comptroller and Auditor General of India for making allegations against it.[6]


  1. ^ Public Accounts Committee
  2. ^ M M Joshi reappointed PAC chairperson THE TIMES OF INDIA, May 1, 2011
  3. ^ Official web site of Government of India
  4. ^ a b The Hindu
  5. ^ a b Indian Express
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