Speaker directs Goan media to express regrets over 'misreporting'

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 23 July 2014 12:33 IST

Speaker Rajendra Arlekar has directed the section of Goan media to publish or telecast regrets over reporting of a question, which was postponed without tabling, regarding alleged Rs 13 crore being spent on foreign tours of ministers and MLAs for tourism promotion.

A starred question 3A, asked by Congress legislator Aleixo Reginald Lourenco, was sought to be postponed by tourism minister Dilip Parulekar yesterday.

In spite of this, section of Goa’s electronic and print media carried reports quoting the figures.

The issue was raised by chief minister Manohar Parrikar at the beginning of the Assembly session today morning, stating that the media had committed a breach of privilege.

“The question was not even tabled in the House but the media reported about it with the wrong figures of amount spent”, said Parrikar.

As reported by the section of media, the total amount spent by the government from March 2012 till date, during the tenure of the existing government, was Rs 13 crore on attending road shows, exhibitions and World Trade Marts held in different countries.

“My minister sought postponement after realising that the figures of amount spent are wrong and he needs time to get the correct figures”, said Parrikar.


The reply attracted attention of media since 17 events held in 9 foreign cities were attended by four VVIPs including ministers as well as couple of BJP MLAs.

While stating that reporting in such a manner is a serious issue, speaker Arlekar said the media had taken advantage of questions sets provided to them in advance.

He thus directed to the section of media to publish regrets in tomorrow’s edition, failing which he would initiate action against them.

“The media should impose self-restriction in such matters rather than taking wrong information to the people”, said Arlekar. 

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