M.K. Stalin, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, on Wednesday urged the government to usher in transparency in governance and administration.
During discussions on the Governor’s address to the House, Mr. Stalin said the election verdict meant people expect more from the government and the mandate for the DMK is to monitor the government.
To start with, the Assembly proceedings should be broadcast live as people should know the happenings in the House. Transparency should be the hallmark of administration also. The Agriculture Department should publish the list of beneficiaries in the waiver of farm loans on its website. Co-operation Minister Sellur K. Raju assured to do so in time.
Like farmers, Mr. Stalin said milk producers had also given him representation saying 20 per cent of the milk was being rejected by Aavin. Responding to it, Dairy Development Minister S.P. Shanmuganathan said the milk produced by the members of the society was all procured and only the lesser quality from the traders was rejected.
Producing a bill of commodities purchased at Amudham stores, Mr. Stalin informed the House how the prices of toor dhal, uradh dhal, gingelly oil and few other essential commodities had gone up by over hundred per cent in the past five years. In reply, Food Minister R. Kamaraj recalled the efforts taken by the government to control inflation.
As the Minister took plenty of time to reply and began explaining about the ‘Amma’ brand of welfare schemes, the DMK MLAs objected to it and the Speaker, after a bit of commotion, asked the Ministers to reply in short and to the point.
Mr. Stalin charged that the arrears of Rs. 1,167 crore of post-matric scholarship from Centre was pending as the State government had not sent the utilization certificate. After a while, when Adi Dravidar Minister V.M. Rajalakshmi wanted to reply, the Speaker asked her to sit down and said that she could reply later.
Noting that the December 2105 floods had wreaked havoc on the city, Mr. Stalin said the government should undertake schemes on a fast-track mode to ensure that such devastation does not recur. “The DMK MLAs in the city will co-operate fully,” he promised. He also sought the government to help the MSME sector affected by the flood for which the Minister concerned gave a lengthy reply detailing the steps.
Reiterating his demand for total transparency, Mr. Stalin asked the government to appoint and transfer teachers in a transparent manner.