NEW DELHI, Feb 22 � A high-powered Group of Ministers (GoM) on corruption today met but did not discuss the controversial proposal for giving statutory backing to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which in effect would take away its enforcement from the hands of the Election Commission, reports PTI.
Meeting in the midst of controversy over the alleged move to clip the EC�s powers, the GoM discussed various issues including Public Procurement Bill and the report of a committee on utilisation of natural resources.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy said some controversy has erupted over the MCC and despite his ministry�s denial on the issue �some confusion persisted�.
�I would like to say that the terms of reference of the GoM on corruption does not include the MCC. Therefore, today in the deliberations, since it is not in the ToR, it was not discussed.
�Therefore, the question of the issue of the model code of conduct being deliberated in the GoM does not arise,� he said. When pointed that the note circulated to GoM members clearly specifies the issue of MCC, the minister said at the time of discussions, suggestions come.