Winter Session of Odisha legislative Assembly Begins with Disruption

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of of Odisha Legislative Assembly began with disruptions from the main opposition Congress party. Noisy scenes were witnessed as the Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati with other Opposition legislators stormed to the well of the assembly demanding suspension of question hour.

Justifying the disruption the leader of the opposition Narasingh Mishra pointed out that there is a provision of suspension of question hour to discuss urgent matters like the death of children due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE). And matter of grave concern since over 100 children have died due to JE. And subsequently the house was suspended by the speaker due to the ruckus.

In the commotion after two adjournments on the first day Odisha Finance Minister (FM) Pradeep Amat presented the first Supplementary Budget for the current fiscal, 2016-17 in the Assembly. The Supplementary Budget estimate is pegged at Rs 6014 crore. The Supplementary Budget was approved by the cabinet on November 23.

According to the supplementary budget Rs 795.95 crore has been allocated for the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and a total of Rs 5150.94 crore was allocated for other projects.

Reports suggest Rs 2875.04 crore has been allocated for Infrastructural Development, Rs 300 crore for establishment of 33/11 KV electricity substations, Rs 200 crore for Biju Setu Yojana and Rs 40 crore for Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana. Similarly, Rs 150 crore has been allocated for Rural Water Supply project, Rs 438.40 crore for Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Rs 681.20 crore of Irrigation Development, Rs 210 crore for Barrage construction and Rs 250 crore for Mega Lift Irrigation Project. Further Rs 147 crore was allocated for Urban Development project, Rs 50 crore for Urban Water Supply Project, Rs 50 crore for Urban Sanitation, Rs 174.47 crore for social sector and Rs 50 crore for Mamata Yojana.

Tomorrow on Friday the assembly will remain closed due to the ongoing Make in Odisha conclave. The chief Whip of the ruling BJD party proposed that in the assembly that the lawmakers should attend the conclave so that they can educate the people about it. And it was unanimously decided by all members and the speaker of the assembly agreed to suspend the session to be held on Friday.

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