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Govt caught on wrong foot again
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Mar. 2011 12:41 AM IST
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The ruling bench was caught on the wrong foot and put in an embarrassing situation on the third day, after Congress member and former chief minister K.L. Chishi cornered the government over government documents presented on the floor of house which were found to have been printed at various private printing presses. Chishi said except for the Governor’s speech which was printed at the government Printing Press, all the Annual Administrative reports of the different departments and also the various Assembly Committee Reports were printed in private printing press.
He pointed out that even the ‘Warrior’, a state government publication published by the IPR department was being published in a private printing press.
He said when the government has its own printing press, why the reports and documents for the assembly session were being published in private printing presses. Chishi wondered whether it was to “fill the pockets” of private presses and contrary to the government’s talk on resource mobilisation. He also wondered whether there was some clandestine business going on between the government officials and the private printing press.
Chishi said if the government printing press was functioning properly, it could save expenditure by printing reports of various departments, besides being able to train up many youth in the profession. He pointed out that the government was only incapacitating its own printing department adding it seemed that all that mattered was spending money.
It may be also be pointed out that the issue of documents and reports of various government departments being printed at various private presses was also raised in the house earlier. The government continued to ignore opposition to such practices and worse, even rates accepted by various departments were vastly different. Matters relating to documents to be tabled on the house are supposed to be confidential but when private printing presses are given the documents, the confidentiality is lost.

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