Margao – The Schedule of the thirteen days Goa Legislative Assembly Session commencing on 24th March is fixed with the ulterior motive to avoid questions on the core issues like Mhadei, Coal Transportation, Railway Double Tracking, Three Linear Projects and Coastal Zone Management Plan charged Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat.
As per the revised schedule declared by the Legislature Secretariat on Friday 26th February, only two days are allotted for Question Hour of the key departments like Environment and Climate Change, Ports, Water Resource, Power, Public Health, River Navigation, Tourism, Waste Management, Industries, Social Welfare and others. The Government is afraid to face questions from the opposition on contentious issues like Mhadei, Railway Double Tracking, Coastal Zone Management Plan, Effect of Major Ports Bill passed by the BJP Government at the Centre, Marina Project at Nauxi, Failure of the Government on Garbage Management etc. claimed Digambar Kamat.
The tabling of the Legislative Assembly Questions (LAQ’S) is fixed between 1st March to 17th March 2021. This is the time when the MLA’S will remain busy with the Canvassing of Municipal Elections and Zilla Panchayat By – Elections which are scheduled on 20th March 2021. This is an attempt by the BJP Government to keep the Opposition MLA’S engaged in Election Campaigning and divert their attention from tabling questions which will ultimately cause embarrassment to the Government and expose their failures and lies stated Digambar Kamat.
Instead of extending the Session by just one day, the Government should have extended it by seven days. We are of the firm opinion that a full-fledged 21 working days Assembly Session needs to be convened and I will strongly raise the matter in the Business Advisory Committee Meeting stated Digambar Kamat.
It is only after my strong objection to the schedule of the Assembly Session coinciding with the holy week that the Government altered the time table of the session and declared 1st April which false on Maundy Thursday as non-working day claimed Digambar Kamat.