Peeved with Kamat, Mickky may quit public accounts committee

 Nuvem MLA Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco on Wednesday disclosed his plans of resigning from the membership of the public accounts committee (PAC) in protest against the continuance of ex-chief minister Digambar Kamat as its head.

"I cannot understand why no action is being taken by the government against those involved in the illegal mining scam. When he was the opposition leader and PAC chairman, Parrikar was making a big noise over the illegal mining issue. And as Digambar Kamat was the mines minister all these long years, it only points out to his failure in performing his duties. Instead of taking any action against him, he has been rewarded with the chairmanship of the PAC. This only amounts to, as the old Konkani saying goes, holding over the keys of the treasure to the thief (chorachea hatant tol'luk divop). Digambar should be arrested first (for his role in the scam)," Pacheco told TOI.

The former tourism minister disclosed his plans of resigning from the membership of the PAC in protest against the continuance of Kamat as the head of the PAC. "Common people from the mining belt and those who had business interests in mining are suffering because of the mining crisis and for which Digambar Kamat is wholly responsible. Taking part in the committee headed by Kamat is an insult (to the people affected by the mining crisis). So far two meetings of the PAC have been held so far and I have not attended both. I will resign from this committee now," Pacheco said.

Stating that he had protested against Kamat's appointment as PAC chief while speaking in the legislative assembly and also raised the issue with the chief minister, Pacheco wondered whether there was some "tacit understanding" behind the move.

Pacheco's outburst assume significance as it has come in the backdrop of reports about moves by his arch rival Churchill Alemao to build ties with Parrikar. [TOI]