Senior National Conference (NC) leader and MLA Nagrota, Devinder Singh Rana, Tuesday castigated the government for its 'failure' to implement the decisions announced during the last budget.
Rana said that Finance Minister Haseeeb Drabu in the last budget made an announcement that State Motor Garages will be privatized.
However, the Minister for the Transport, in reply to a cut motion during this session, Tuesday stated that there was no proposal to privatize the State Motor Garages.
Referring to the reply, Rana asked the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri, "Tell your minister to make announcements after taking the government on board and discuss his decisions with others as well."
The issue was raised by BJP MLA Neelam Langeh during the discussion on Grants for Transport department, saying that MLAs had to bear the service charges of their official vehicles while the service charges for vehicles allotted to ministers, Chief Minister and Governor was borne by State Motor Garages.
"If garages department is repairing vehicles of ministers and other VIPs, why we have to bear the charges out of our own pocket?" Langeh asked.
Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, who was conducting proceedings, intervened and asked transport minister Sunil Sharma to look into the issue and direct state motor garages to bear cost of service charges of vehicles of all MLAs.
In his reply on grants, transport minister told the House that MLAs were allotted the vehicles by security department who have a separate budget for their maintenance as well.
"State motor garages will bear the maintenance charges on vehicles of MLAs. Security department should also transfer the funds worth Rs 30 to 40 lakhs which is meant for servicing of vehicles in the department," he said.