Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel alleged that a proposal for his participation in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Ghana, slated for October, has been pending approval of the Finance Department since June.
During a press conference at the Vidhan Sabha, the Speaker said, “… The (Union) Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of External Affairs have accorded us clearance but the Finance Department has still not approved it. Now, after two months, I am told they have sent it back to the Secretariat with the remarks that approval of the L-G is needed…”
The speaker said it is a prestigious conference where presiding officers and secretaries of legislatures from all Commonwealth countries participate. The Indian delegation is led by the Lok Sabha Speaker and all speakers, chairpersons, and secretaries are invited. “These conferences are held every year and the approval of the L-G has never been sought as the Speaker does not work under the L-G; whatever clearances are required are given by the Government of India,” he said.
He also alleged that all proposals sent by the Assembly Secretariat to the Finance department are kept “pending without reason” and returned with “frivolous objections”.
The Finance department and L-G House did not respond to messages seeking comment on the matter.
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