Thursday, April 5, 2012

Harsh moves privilege motion

Wrong info provided over education’

JKNPP MLA and leader of the Panthers Legislature Party Harsh Dev Singh today moved a privilege motion and sought fixation of responsibility and appropriate action against concerned authorities which had supplied wrong and misleading information in the Legislative Assembly during the course of current budget session.
Deputy Speaker who was in the chair took serious note of the issue and directed the Finance Minister A R Rather to have the facts verified in the light of the Privilege Motion and process the case for appropriate proceedings.

Earlier speaking during Zero hour in the Assembly, Harsh said that there were instances where false and misleading information was provided to the House with deliberate designs to conceal facts in a bid to cover up “the acts of misfeasance and malfeasance on the part of concerned authorities.”

He sought stringent action against ministers, bureaucrats and other concerned authorities who had supplied wrong and misleading information.

JKNPP leader said that such behavior constituted willful defiance of supremacy of the House and amounted to contempt of Legislature besides breach of privilege of members. He said that the House was required to take cognizance of such unscrupulous and reckless behavior of concerned government functionaries and proceed against them under prevalent norms, practices and rules of Procedure of the House.

Harsh said that the most glaring and unpardonable act of the concerned officers was discernible in the drafting of ‘Governor’s address’ to both the House of Legislature. He said that false and misleading information was incorporated in the ‘Governor’s address’ as well particularly by the School Education Department thereby involving the highest constitutional office of the Governor in the “bundle of lies” of the state government. He clarified that para 35 of the Governor’s address to the joint session of Legislature made on February 23, 2012 and subsequently circulated in the House stated that “under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, 279 middle schools have been approved for upgradation to the level of High Schools. This has raised the number of High Schools in the state to 1697.” He claimed that the said information was wholly incorrect as out of the 279 schools which were required by Government of India to be established during 2011-12 in the state, none had been approved by the state government till date.

He further pointed out that existing number of High Schools in the state had also been inflated by the School Education department. He said that misleading picture was conveyed by the concerned authorities only to paint a rosy picture of the School Education achievements despite its extremely flawed and dismal performance and utter administrative inertia and red-tape prevailing in the department.

He further stated that in Para 38 of the Governor’s address it was stated that “A new centrally sponsored scheme, Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan, for providing opportunities to the rural youth in various sports events at the Panchayat level has been launched in the state with 90 percent funding by Government of India.” He however claimed that under the aforesaid scheme no funds had been provided by Government of India after the year 2009. He said for the last three years not even one percent funding was made by Government of India. As such calling it a ‘new scheme’ and making tall announcements of 90 percent funding by Government of India was highly misleading and mischievous especially when no funds had been provided during last three years, he said.

He said that the most deplorable and most shocking aspect of the matter was the highly unscrupulous conduct of concerned authorities in involving the high office of Governor in making the false and mis-leading announcements before the legislature.

Describing the act of concerned authorities as reprehensible, sacrilegious and highly contemptuous, Singh moved a Privilege Motion following which the Deputy Speaker issued direction to the Minister to look into it and process the case.

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