From a large number of pending Aadhaar applications to fund misuse, from deplorable road infrastructure to incomplete works, the Assembly committees have always been an eye-opener for the Government and also give a clear picture to the public where there is a loophole.
However, questioning the summoning of officials by various Assembly committees to identify the loopholes in the Governance system, the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has raised a concern with the Assembly speaker over the summoning of officials from various Districts by the Committees. According to the CM, the summonses are hampering the work of the officials.
Confirming it, Assembly speaker Metbha Lyngdoh said, “The CM has just informed me to look into the issues with regards to the summons of officers by different Assembly committees requesting them to refrain from calling or summoning the officers at different levels and understanding the load of the officers that they have to play in the Government with different responsibilities that they have and task given by the minister’s and the chief Ministers from time to time.”
The speaker while mentioning the concern of the Chief Minister said, “Sometimes their inability to attend the committee but they can always send their representative to attend those committees meetings whenever the members of the committees wish to call them for any clarification.”
The speaker later requested the various committees to do as requested by the Chief Minister.
“It a matter of giving them some sort of guidance how exactly the committees can approach to ensure there is the balance for both the Government also and for their purpose of discussing and getting some clarification from the offices,” he said adding, “I have already requested to the committees to do as requested by the Chief Minister which I feel that very much in line what the committees can do.”
Asked if the committee meeting will henceforth be represented by representatives sent by senior officials, the Speaker said, “All depends on the nature of the case, agendas of the committees if there are some important things than the senior officer have to represent them and in some point of time they can send their representative.” EOM