Shivraj govt calls spl assembly session for sixth time in 10 yrs rule

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2015 13:43 IST

The one-day special session of the MP assembly, convened on November 5, would be the sixth special session convened in 10 years of Shivraj Singh Chouhan rule.

His government convened two special sessions, each during his first and second tenure as chief minister. In his third stint as the CM, Chouhan government has already convened a special assembly session on March 24 this year to pass the second supplementary budget for the year 2014-15.

The November 5 special session has once again been convened for presenting supplementary budget to provide relief to drought-hit farmers of the state.

However, political analysts feel that convening special sessions for routine works, like passing of supplementary budget, is not best of legislative practices.

“State assembly should not be used as a tool to fulfill technical requirements of the government. There should be more focus on completing regular sessions rather than cutting short those regular sessions and then calling for special sessions,” said political analyst Girija Shankar, while talking to HT. He said assembly should be used more to discuss and debate policy matters and to make law rather than to complete technicalities of the governance.

“Aim of holding special sessions should be reserved for special occasions as it happened when the assembly held a midnight session on intervening night of 14 and 15 August to celebrate 50th anniversary of our independence in 1997,” said former minister and Congress state general secretary, Raja Pateria. The then governor Mohammad Shafi Qureshi had addressed the assembly at midnight.

Special sessions were also convened when former president APJ Abdul Kalam visited Bhopal on occasion of golden jubilee of MP state assembly on July 17, 2006. Another historical special session, according to the documents of state assembly was held on October 19 and 20, 2000 when Chhattisgarh state was created by bifurcating Madhya Pradesh.

However, there have been antecedents of holding special assembly sessions to complete official business in the year 1976 and 1990, according to the state assembly records.

MP cabinet ratifies Rs 7,000-cr supplementary budget for drought-hit farmers

The Madhya Pradesh cabinet approved a proposal for Rs 7,000 crore supplementary budget to provide immediate relief to drought-hit farmers in the state. The supplementary budget is likely to be passed in the special one-day assembly session, called on November 5.

State government spokesperson, Narottam Mishra, while talking to media said while the government has made a provision for Rs 7,000 crore as relief for farmers, provision in another heads too have been made that would bring the relief amount for farmers to Rs 9,000 crore.

Asked why some farmers were given compensation cheques of petty amount like Rs 2, Rs 4 or Rs 5. “Let me clarify that these amounts and cheques were given by the insurance company and not the state government. State government has decided in the cabinet meeting that the least amount for relief or compensation provided to the farmers would stand at `2,000,” he told newsmen.

In other important decisions, the cabinet has decided to fill 200 posts of deputy rangers through promotions. Tenure of member-secretary of general economically backward welfare commission has been extended by one year.

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