Cong stalls Question Hour on sugar cane farmers’ dues
Pant tables report of the Economic Survey 2018-19 in the House
The third day of Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha witnessed fireworks involving the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress members as the members of both the camps vied to steal the show while flaunting themselves as the real champion of the cause of the sugarcane farmers.
As soon as the proceedings for the day started, the Congress members sprang up on their feet and demanded discussion under section 310 on the issue of pending payment of the sugarcane farmers.
Leading the attack on the state government, the leader of the Opposition (LoP) Indira Hridayesh said that the pending dues of the sugarcane farmers were to be paid within 15 days as per the Governor’s address delivered in the last session.
Acting on the demand of the Congress members, the Speaker Prem Chand Agarwal proposed to take up the discussion under section 58 on the issue. Unsatisfied, the opposition members stormed to the Well of the House with some of them found holding sugarcane stalks in their hands.
At this time, the state parliamentary affairs minister Prakash Pant intervened and asked the Congress members to participate in the discussions on the issue. This was more so as the members have put short notice questions on it which have been accepted by the Speaker, he said.
However ignoring the consistent pleas of the Chair, the opposition members continued with their protest in the Well of the House.
With the pandemonium continuing, the Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes at 11.15 am and later extended the adjournment till 12.15 pm. When the House reassembled, the din started again with Congress members remaining vociferous on their demand for discussion under section 310. The House witnessed heated exchanges between Jhaberda MLA Deshraj Karnwal and Bhagwanpur MLA Mamta Rakesh as both pointed accusing fingers at the rival parties, holding responsible for the problems the sugarcane growers have been facing.
As the pandemonium continued, the Speaker suspended the question hour and proceeded to other business of the House, a move which prompted the Congress MLAs to stage a walkout.
The Congress members boycotted the rest of the proceedings on the day.
During the proceedings of the House of the day, the state parliamentary affairs minister Prakash Pant presented the report of the Economic Survey 2018-19 before the House.
The government also tabled the ‘Subordinate Services Selection Commission amendment bill- 2019’ for selection in Group C posts. Similarly, the Himalayan Universities Bill – 2019 was also tabled in the House. The members later took part in the vote of thanks motion on the Governor’s address moved by BJP MLA from Devprayag Vinod Kandari.
Speaking on the motion, senior BJP leader and MLA from Vikasnagar Munna Singh Chauhan said that the Governor’s address is a policy document of the state government. He said that the address has raised the core issues like unemployment and migration from the hills. Besides, it has presented a road map on how to tackle these issues appropriately, he said. Chauhan further said that it is the duty of the opposition members to point out the lacunas in the address.
“This is why they should participate in their full strength instead of boycotting the House,” he said. He pointed out that huge difference in per capita income of Haridwar ( Rs 254050) and Rudraprayag ( Rs 83521) has brought to fore the big regional disparity existing in the state . “Things are worrisome. This means that a lot needs to be done to bridge the gap,” he added.
Thursday, 14 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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