Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Supplementary budget tabled amidst uproarious scenes in Jharkhand assembly

Ranchi, September 6:  The Jharkhand Assembly on Monday witnessed scenes of unique  protest from tapping of the desk to MLAs standing on reporting chair and chanting of slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Har Har Mahadeo’ during the ongoing Monsoon Session.

The day commenced with the BJP MLAs staging Bhajan Kirtan outside the assembly with dhol and jhal and singing Hare Rama Hare Krishna protesting over the decision of the Speaker for allocating a room for performing Namaz inside the Assembly. Later as soon as the proceedings of the house commenced the BJP MLAs welcomed Speaker Ravindranath Mahto with chants of Jai Shri Ram and Har Har Mahadeo. Such was the uproar created by the BJP MLAs that the Speaker was forced to adjourn the house from 11.33 am to 12.45 pm in the first half of the day.

After the house reassembled the MLAs continued with their slogan-shouting demanding that the recruitment policy is cancelled. After the lunch break, the MLAs of the BJP once again stormed in the well of the house and indulged in slogan shouting with MLAs Randhir Singh, Bhanu Pratap Sahi and Kishun Das standing on reporting chair and indulged in slogan shouting. The act of the MLAs drew sharp reactions from the Speaker who said that the chair was not weak and the acts of the MLAs were against the parliamentary norms. He later adjourned the house from 3.02 pm to 11 am Tuesday.

Amid massive uproar created by the opposition, the state government on Monday tabled the first supplementary budget worth Rs 4684.93 crore for fiscal 2021-22 however during the day the question hour was adversely hampered. Despite the noisy scenes inside the house.

Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon tabled the first supplementary budget on the second day of the Monsoon Session of the Jharkhand Assembly. Department wise a maximum allocation of Rs 1786.05 crore has been made to the Power department followed by Rs 1000.30 crore for the Mines and Geology Department. Home Jail and Disaster Management Department has been allocated Rs 337.32 crore, Rural Development Minister Rs 284.34 crore and Health Medical Education and Family Welfare Department Rs 279.29 crore.

 Speaker Ravindranath Mahto asked Congress MLA Amba Prasad to ask her question over which in a written reply Parliamentary Affairs Minister Alamgir Aalam accepted that there were a large number of vacant posts in government jobs. He said that due to flaws in the recruitment rules problems are being faced in appointments therefore to sort out the issue the government has tried to make changes in the examination rules as well as recruitment policy. He said that the government is working to remove all the obstacles and create as many jobs as possible for the youth of the state.

To another query raised by JMM MLA Deepak Biruwa in a written reply Minister Alamgir Aalam informed that the recognition of the degrees issued by Hindi Vidyapeeth Deoghar has been ended from June 26, 2014, as a result of which any certificate issued by the organisation will not be considered in appointments or promotions.

 At the same time, the MLAs of the BJP stormed into the well of the house and demanded discussion over the work adjournment motions which have been moved by him. The Speaker tried to restore order in the house but as the MLAs continued with their ways the house was adjourned from 11.33 am to 12.45 pm.

After the house was reassembled Parliamentary Affairs minister Alamgir Aalam moved a proposal to hold a discussion over price rise and inflation in the second half of the day which was passed amid the uproar prevailing in the house. Later the Speaker rejected the work adjournment motions which had been moved by AJSU MLA Lambodar Mahto, CPI-ML MLA Binod Kumar Singh and BJP MLAs JP Patel, Bhanu Pratap Sahi and Anant Ojha and adjourned the house till lunch break.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday criticised the action of the BJP MLAs inside the assembly.

 Talking to reporters outside the assembly, he said that if people have faith then God is everywhere however when they have demons in their thoughts then everywhere they will find only enemies.

Terming the uproar of the BJP as unfortunate he said that it is due to the acts of the BJP that development is not gathering due pace in Jharkhand. He said that acts of the BJP have once again shown that they have gone issueless.

 “Due to their uproar the Chief Minister question hour could not be held, the members had an opportunity to ask direct questions from me but they ended up losing out on the opportunity,” he said. Over the Bhajan-Kirtan done by the BJP MLAs outside the house, the Chief Minister said that their acts have clearly shown that they do not have true faith and are just doing a show-off. To the queries of the media, he said that process has been intensified to create jobs in the state and soon its results will be visible.

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