Govt notifies CCI, with review power
The notification makes it explicitly clear that the committee would be empowered to “review” cases even where approvals and clearances required for projects were refused by ministries. The functions of the committee would include “review of procedures followed by ministries/departments to grant/refuse approvals and clearances”.
The mandate to “review” was a virtual expansion of the role as sections of the government had insisted that CCI should only “monitor” procedures followed by ministries and departments in grant and refusal of clearances, sources said.
A close reading of the notification suggest that CCI will not overstep the powers of statutory regulatory authorities as it was silent on this aspect.
The notification dated January 2 also makes it clear that the erstwhile cabinet committee on infrastructure would be merged with the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs whose functions have also been revised. Besides, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, the CCI has Ministers of Petroleum, Urban Development, Civil Aviation, Telecom, Road Transport, Railways, Coal, Mines, Law and Justice and Water Resources as it members.
Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and I&B Minister Manish Tewari will be special invitees to the committee.
While the committee is empowered to identify projects in sectors
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