Ready To Face Any Question From Opposition, Says Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that his government is ready to face any question from the Opposition on the floor of the House.

“As far as the Opposition is concerned we are ready to face any questions on the floor of the House,” said Patnaik after a meeting of the Biju Janata Dal Legislative Party (BJDLP) at the State Assembly premises here today.

“The government is prepared to answer any question raised by members on any important issue. Ministers always come prepared to answer each and every question raised by the members,” said senior BJD leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha.

Arukha said that the issue of reduction in Central grants to the State will be debated during the budget session.

Further, Odisha’s demand for provision of a separate column for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the 2021 Census enumeration which has been approved by the Cabinet will come up for debate in the House during the session, he added.

Moreover, the issue of the State not getting its rightful share from Energy Cess collected by the Central government will be raised in the House, Arukha said.

Giving details of the budget session, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the session which will begin tomorrow will have a total of 31 working days.

He added that the session will be in two phases and tentatively end on April 9.

“Tomorrow Governor will address the House. Later vote of thanks on the Governor’s address will be taken up and on 18th of this month the General Budget for the year 2020-21 will be placed before the Assembly,” informed Arukha.

He added that 14 days have been allotted for debating on demands of various departments, while 4 days have been earmarked for official business; another 4 days have been earmarked for private member’s business.

Members of the BJDLP have been asked to remain present in the House for smooth conduct of official business, Arukha stated.

On the other hand, the Opposition both BJP and the Congress have planned to corner the government on issues like mismanagement in paddy procurement, complete breakdown of law and order in the State, women safety, Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) scam, etc.

“We will be putting the government in the dock over the issues of reservation for backward classes, large-scale irregularities in PMAY, breakdown of law and order, mismanagement in paddy procurement, delay in land acquisition for expansion of railways, women safety, planned murder of RTI activist, etc,” said BJP Chief Whip Mohan Majhi addressing a presser at the BJP headquarters here after a meeting of the BJP Legislative Party.

“We will raise the issue of a complete breakdown of law and order in the State,  mismanagement at paddy procurement centres, farmers facing problems in selling their paddy despite having tokens, unemployment, dadan, irregularities in MNREGA, etc,” said senior Congress leader and Bolangir MLA Narasingha Mishra after a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party at the Congress Bhawan here.

Earlier, Speaker Surya Narayan Patro held an all-party meeting of MLAs for smooth conduct of the budget session beginning tomorrow.

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

Bikram Keshari Arukha, Minister, Parliamentary Affairs, Odisha

Narasingha Mishra, Congress MLA