Illegal mining: Temporary reprieve for Goa CM

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:26

Panaji: A day before it is tabled in Goa
Assembly, the Manohar Parrikar-led Public Accounts Committee
(PAC) report on illegal mining in the state has run into
controversy as Congress MLAs on the panel refused to sign it
on Tuesday.

The committee meeting, which was held this morning saw
three Congress and PAC members -- Agnelo Fernandes, Victoria
Fernandes and Fransisco Silveira -- and one Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator Pandurang Dhavalikar refusing
to sign the draft report.
The ruling camp legislators claim that the report was
biased and prepared without taking them into confidence.

PAC Chairman and Leader of Opposition in the House,
Manohar Parrikar, however, said he would place the report
before the Speaker for further action.

"There is nothing called minority or majority in signing
the report. It does not make any difference whether majority
members sign or not," he said.

Of the seven members, four did not sign, while three of
them have adopted the report, on illegal mining in the state.

BJP legislators and PAC members -- Damodar Naik and
Fransisco D`Souza -- signed the report.

The report, which stems from observations of Comptroller
and Auditor General (CAG) about iron ore exports by evading
royalty, would be tabled on the floor of the House tomorrow.
Naik told agency that Congress MLA Fernandes walked away
with the draft report home.

"The document is confidential as it is yet to be tabled on
the floor of the House. If it is leaked now then Fernandes
should be held responsible," he said.

Interestingly, of the four members, who refused to sign,
two have hardly attended PAC meetings.

Silveira told reporters yesterday that he never went for
any meeting because he was busy. Fernandes had also said that
he had attended only two meetings.

"There were 29 meetings since 2009 for the formation of
this report. Congress legislators have attended hardly two of
them and now they are refusing to sign," Naik said.


First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:20

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