Pario raises slogans over ‘percentage collection’ issue

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Leader of opposition, Takam Pario, during the assembly session on Friday raised slogans demanding CBI inquiry into the allegation of collection of percentage for allocation of works under the PMGSY.
Speaker TN Thongdok requested Pario to raise the issue during Question Hour, but Pario did not relent and kept on making noises near the speaker’s chair.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bamang Felix raised objection, but that also did not deter the leader of opposition.
Finally, the speaker adjourned the house for 10 minutes.
Later, speaking to media persons, Pario said he wants clarity from the government on three issues. “I would like to know whether the government will go for CBI inquiry into the PMGSY scam, and also why they are politicizing the PRC issue. Also, the government had promised to repeal anti-conversion in the assembly, but why are they not initiating any measures to fulfill the promise?” said Pario.
The house also took up the motion of thanks discussion on the governor’s address to the house.
Mechukha MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona moved the resolution, which was seconded by MLA Laisam Simai. Initiating the discussion, Sona stated that the Pema Khandu-led BJP government “has brought revolutionary changes in governance.”
He declared that Arunachal is now “a happy state” because of good governance.
“This government is emphasizing on transparency, and has taken strong action to stop corruption. Action against senior government officers and powerful businessmen involved in the Trans-Arunachal Highway scam is testimony of it,” said Sona.
Roing MLA Mutchu Mithi in his address urged the government to follow the ‘Team Arunachal’ mantra in the true sense and not reduce it to just rhetoric.
“The government should not be complacent about the achievements and keep up the same working spirit in the coming days too,” he said, adding that “too much praise is also not good.”
One of the senior most members, Chowkham MLA CT Mein, urged the state government to concentrate on improving the condition of the roads in the state.
“Unemployment is going to be the biggest problem in the years to come. The government cannot provide jobs to all. Therefore, the tourism sector, which has the potential to create job opportunities, should be promoted in a big way. Tourism can be promoted by constructing good roads,” said Mein.
Panging-Boleng MLA Tapang Taloh questioned how the government could claim to be fighting against corruption “when their own ministers’ kith and kin are busy monopolizing contract works.”
In this regard, he sought a high-level inquiry to assess the ground situation in Siang district.
Further, Taloh sought “protection of minority” in the state.
“In the Adi community, Christians are just 22 percent, and are in minority. The government should provide protection to the minority,” said Taloh.
Mebo MLA Lombo Tayeng also spoke.