I will be watching the 1st-timers: CM | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


BJD had on several occasions faced criticism from members of the opposition parties as many chairs in the treasury benches would remain empty after the Zero Hour and during the post- lunch sessions of the assembly. The treasury benches wore a deserted look for many days during the last budget session with dozens of BJD MLAs camping in Patkura for the assembly polls.
The chief minister has asked government chief whip Pramila Mallik to submit a report on the attendance of members of the house every day at 11.30am while a session is on. He said the BJD legislature party should use technology to monitor the attendance of MLAs as also to effectively collect materials and participate in the proceedings of the house. The chief minister asked his MLAs to actively participate in debates given the importance of the 30-day session in view of the supplementary budget and passage of key legislations. “I would particularly be watching the performance of the first-time members,” Naveen said.
“The chief minister’s advice will really help young legislators like us learn from senior leaders across benches. This will help us understand the parliamentary procedure and contribute towards law-making,” said Souvic Biswal, a first-time legislator from Cuttack-Choudwar.
Even as opposition parties gear up to corner the government over a series of issues, Naveen said he would welcome constructive criticism and is ready to discuss any issue.

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