Govt, oppn line up ammo for House budget session | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: Mismanagement in paddy procurement, law and order, corruption, unemployment and irregularities in implementation of rural housing schemes are some on the issues on which the opposition parties are planning to corner the government when the budget session of the assembly kicks off on Friday.
The ruling BJD has also chalked out its strategy to counter the opposition attack with chief minister Naveen Patnaik chairing a meeting of the legislature party members on Thursday.
“The important budget session of the assembly begins on Friday. As far as the opposition parties are concerned, we are ready to face any question on the floor of the house,” Naveen told reporters after the meeting. Naveen also asked his party MLAs to be present in the house during key businesses like question hour, zero-hour, adjournment debates, budget discussion and during discussion on issues related to the state’s interest. The MLAs have been asked to inform government chief whip Pramila Mallik in case they are on leave. The BJP and the Congress too held legislature party meetings on the eve of the budget session. Briefing reporters, BJP chief whip Mohan Majhi said, “The state government has deprived the backward classes in providing their constitutional rights. There has been gross irregularities in selection of beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The mandi system has collapsed while farmers are facing a tough time. Crime against women are also increasing. All these issues will be raised by our party to corner the government during the session.” Congress legislature party leader Narasingha Mishra said farmers are under distress as they are not able to sell their paddy because of the discrepancies in the paddy procurement system. “Law and order situation has collapsed in the state. Incidents like robbery, murder and rape has increased in Odisha. Corruption is at its peak. Other issues like failure in implementation of state government schemes and unemployment issues will also be raised by the Congress party,” said Mishra.
Reduced central allocation in the Union budget, demand for socio-economic caste census along with the 2021 general census and low allocation to Odisha from the national clean energy cess are some of the issues that the treasury bench plans to raise during the session.
State parliamentary affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said the government will also introduce and pass some legislations during the session. The budget session of the assembly will be on till April 9 in two phases. The 31-day session would begin with an address by governor Ganeshi Lal. Finance minister Niranjan Pujari will table the budget for 2020-21 on February 18.

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