Panaji: Opposition BJP members today walked
out of the Goa Assembly protesting against the Speaker`s
action of not considering the Public Accounts Committee`s
(PAC)report on the illegal mining in the state.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, who heads the
PAC, maintained that it was not within the powers of the
Speaker to hold back the report, which has pegged the illegal
mining scam at Rs 4,000 crore.
The report ran into controversy ahead of the Assembly
session when the Congress members of the panel refused to sign
The Congress, which heads the coalition Government and
had been facing the heat over the illegal mining trade in the
state, has expressed reservations over the PAC`s findings.
Speaker Pratapsingh Rane told Parrikar that "he has to
see the report" and refused any discussion on it on the floor
of the House. "If you want to talk about it come to my
chamber," Rane said.
The Opposition benches expressed dissatisfaction over
the Speaker`s conduct before staging a walkout in protest.
After the BJP legislators left, Rane told the House
that a majority of the PAC members had raised an objection
over the report.
"When I have received letters from the committee members
saying they have not seen or signed the report, it`s
my duty to scrutinise the report," he said.
The PAC report stems from the findings by the
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) who had pointed to
illegal mining trade in the coastal state.
The Parrikar-led committee has claimed that annually
iron ore worth Rs 200 crore is being illegally exported from
Goa ports. The committee has recommended a probe by CBI or
Lokayukta into the scam.