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Monday, July 25, 2016

66% unanswered questions: CM assures Vijai of probe

PANAJI: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on the opening day of the monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, took a serious note of the scenario, wherein the legislators did not get replies to their questions as posed to various ministers, just as the independent MLA from Fatorda Vijai Sardesai moved a Breach of Privilege against the respective ministers, stating that at least 66 per cent of the questions – starred and unstarred – asked by various legislators have remained unanswered.

Speaking further, Sardesai said that receiving written replies to their questions from the government is the right of the legislators. “If this trend of not furnishing the legislators with adequate replies continues, then it would set a wrong precedence,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that he and Minister for Water Resources Dayanand Mandrekar had cleared the files pertaining to the replies linked to their respective departments on July 22, while the Chief Secretary had cleared related files before him, a day earlier. “If the replies have not been loaded till now on the website of the state legislative assembly, then it needs to be probed,” he said.
Later, Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar, who represents the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, refused to ask any one of his two questions during the Question Hour, stating that his third question, which was under ‘answer waiting’ status on July 24, has now been disallowed.
When the Speaker Anant Shet agreed to allow the same question to Gaonkar next week, the Fatorda MLA sought ruling from the Speaker as to whether, henceforth, disallowed questions would be allowed in the same session.

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