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Bhubaneswar: Days ahead of the Budget session of Parliament, an assessment carried out by the BJD shows that the performance of its women MPs have not been satisfactory when it comes to proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Some of the BJD MPs have barely participated in proceedings like question hour and important debates or moved private member’s bill, found the party’s performance tracking system for the last Budget session (June-August, 2019).
On Tuesday BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik asked the MPs to improve their performance in the forthcoming Budget session of Parliament. Sources said as many as six Lok Sabha MPs and one Rajya Sabha MP has been asked to improve their performance.
Naveen, who had earlier asked MPs to submit performance report every two months, separately met those whose performance was not up to the mark. “The MPs have also been instructed to work in close coordination with the chief minister’s office,” a party insider said.
Aska MP Pramila Bisoyi, who started her political journey from a very humble background, has 100 per cent attendance in the House. But none of her questions were listed as starred question. The performance tracker said she had spoken only twice during the Budget session while 10 of her questions were listed unstarred.
Similarly, not a single question of Jagatsinghpur MP Rajashree Mallick, a doctor-turned-politician, was listed as starred or unstarred categories while Mallik has participated in only four debates. Mallick has 63 per cent attendance.
Starred questions are the ones for which an oral answer is expected. Unstarred questions are the ones where the reply is in written form.
Despite 75.5 per cent attendance, Keonjhar’s Chandrani Murmu, one of the youngest MPs in the country, did not participate in the question hour of the Budget session. She took part in only five debates. Jajpur MP Sarmistha Sethi and Bhadrak MP Manjulata Mandal were also asked to improve their performance in Parliament.
When contacted, Sethi said there was a general instruction from the chief minister to all the new MPs to improve their performance by actively participating in proceedings. Besides the women leaders, the name of former Union minister and Berhampur MP Chandrasekhar Sahu has been identified for poor attendance.
“As far as my attendance is concerned, I had gone to the US after taking permission from the party president as my daughter was unwell. The chief minister has asked the MPs to actively participate in debates and to raise questions regarding the state’s interest,” Sahu said. Among the Rajya Sabha members, Narendra Swain’s performance has been found unsatisfactory.
Among the MPs with better performance are BJD leader in Lok Sabha Pinaki Mishra, Bhartruhari Mahtab, Achyuta Samanta and Rajya Sabha members Sasmit Patra and Amar Patnaik.
Mishra said the performance of MPs is being directly monitored by the chief minister. “All the members have been given a performance chart. Specific instruction has been given by the chief minister that the MPs and MLAs of the party should work in close coordination for better delivery of services to the people,” Mishra said.
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