The opposition Congress tried to corner the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on a host of issues in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday.
Led by deputy leader of the opposition Bala Bachchan, the Congress MLAs staged a walkout during the zero hour showing support for demands of agitating guest and contract school teachers in the state.
Contract teachers also staged a demo
The contract teachers also staged a demonstration in the state capital later on Monday.
“All kinds of government school teachers, including guest, contract teachers and permanent teachers are seeing their genuine demands suppressed by the state government. While crores of rupees have been deducted from salaries of teachers over the last 18 months for future pension benefits, the government till date has failed to contribute its share for rendering the same benefits,” said Bachchan.
Earlier in the day, Congress MLA from Rau (Indore) Jeetu Patwari raised the issue of 50 Dalit families in chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s hometown Budhni in Sehore district. Around 50 Dalit families are seeking permission for euthanasia following the capture of their land by goons.
Speaker Dr Sita Sharan Sharma, however, asked the Congress MLA to raise the issue during the zero hour.
The Rau MLA also raised the issue of the alleged suicide by a 24-year-old woman who immolated self and her 6-month-old son over inability to get treatment for the infant’s congenital hole in the heart.
“Just to cover up its failure to administer medical treatment to the infant, the state police had instead arrested the deceased woman’s husband and her mother-in-law in a case of dowry death,” alleged Patwari, who recently visited the affected family in Talpura village.
Patwari also raised the issue of Dalits not being allowed entry into a Ganesh temple in CM’s home district.
Senior Congress MLA Ram Niwas Rawat and Jeetu Patwari demanded that all these issues be discussed in the House through call attention motion/adjournment motion. But speaker Sitasharan Sharma rejected their request and said the issues had been brought to the notice of the assembly and will be looked into.
National Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s son Jaivardhan Singh, Raghogarh MLA, raised the issue of his and his family members’ names figuring in the below poverty line (BPL) beneficiaries list under the central government’s Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana.
“On one hand, Guna collector Rajesh Jain had admitted lapse in the socio-economic and caste census and added that he has written for making necessary corrections in the matter to the principal secretary (civil supplies). On the other hand, the state government has stated that the list is not the BPL beneficiaries list, but a list of beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Scheme. The basic thing is why two different replies are coming from within the government,” questioned Singh.
“This shows a well-planned conspiracy on the part of the Madhya Pradesh government to malign the image of my family,” Singh said.