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Parliamentary panel asks govt to make reports on black money public

While the government claims that the reports had already been sent to the Standing Committee, some of its members disagree

Arup Roychoudhury  |  New Delhi 

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At present, there is no official assessment on the quantum of black money in India and abroad

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday asked the central government to circulate three reports on by centrally-funded think tanks among its members and also make them public.

The three reports on the quantum of held by Indians, both inside the country and abroad, have been prepared by the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM).

“It has been decided at the meeting of the committee today that the reports should be made public, and also circulated among members. The panel has told the finance ministry to circulate these reports,” said a person aware of deliberations within the committee. The decision was taken when Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey and the new chairman of (CBDT), Pramod Chandra Mody, appeared before the panel and gave a presentation on the steps taken by the government on the issue of

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The reports were commissioned by the previous government in 2011, when was finance minister, and were submitted to the finance ministry in December 2013 (NIPFP), July 2014 (NCAER) and August 2014 (NIFM).

While the government claims that the reports had already been sent to the Standing Committee, some of its members disagree. The House panel is led by former Petroleum and Corporate Affairs Minister and Congress MP It has 21 members from the and 10 members from the

In the recently concluded Budget Session of Parliament, Biju Janata Dal’s B Mahtab and Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy had claimed that the reports were not shared with them in their capacity as members of the Standing Committee.

Piyush Goyal, who was acting as finance minister then, said the reports were available for the members, but not in public domain. The minister also said the figures on the quantum of black money were different in the three reports and hence there was no credible conclusion. He cited various communications from the Secretariat and said the reports were now a property of the Secretariat.

At present, there is no official assessment on the quantum of black money in India and abroad.


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  • The three reports discuss the quantum of black money held by Indians, both inside the country and abroad
  • The reports are prepared by NIPFP, NCAER and NIFM
  • The reports were commissioned by the UPA government in 2011. The last of them was submitted to the finance ministry in August 2014

First Published: Thu, February 21 2019. 23:01 IST
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