Ram Niwas Goel expressed concern over not getting answers to the queries of MLAs on public interest

New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly may soon approach the court for non-answer of questions raised by legislators on subjects of land, police, law and order and services, which are not under the direct control of the elected government.

Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday said that the MLAs have expressed concern over non-receipt of answers to questions related to Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Police and Services Department. The matter has been referred to the Committee of Privileges for “necessary action”. He said that based on the report, we will move the court.

Addressing a press conference, Goyal said nine questions were raised by the legislators to which no answer came. “Members are disappointed and hurt. They are answerable to the voters of their constituencies. Repeated non-answering of questions in the House since 2018 is against public interest,” he said.

Constitution expert SK Sharma said questions related to police and law and order were answered through the Home Department, the DDA through the Land and Building Department, while the Services Department answered questions from its departments.
Asked why the budget was presented on Saturday, when the assembly business is not usually done, Goyal confirmed that it was originally planned to be done on Friday. “To ensure that it gets maximum coverage in the media, the budget was deferred by a day,” Goyal said.

Elaborating on the plan to make the assembly work completely paperless, the Speaker said that four companies have participated in the bidding process for the e-Vidhan project. “Technical evaluation of the bids is currently underway. After that, we will open the financial bids and the lowest bidder will get the contract. We expect the automation process to be completed in the next 6-7 months.” said.

He said that apart from Development Minister Gopal Rai and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, 10 MLAs participated in the discussion on the Lt Governor’s address. In the discussion on the budget, 19 MLAs apart from Deputy Speaker Rakhi Bidlan, Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain, Development Minister Gopal Rai and Health Minister Satyendar Jain debated.

Days after the Lok Sabha approved a bill to reunite the three municipal corporations in Delhi, Goel said it would be “in the spirit of the Indian Constitution and federal structure” for Parliament to intervene in the matter of local bodies. against”.