Maximum House sittings in 10 years, says Khattar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2015 10:03 IST

Haryana chief minister ML Khattar said on Wednesday that the budget session of the assembly had witnessed highest number of 13 sittings which was more than the average sittings of the House during the past 10 years.

On the concluding day of the session, Khattar said Vidhan Sabha speaker Kanwar Pal Gujjar had smoothly conduted the proceedings of the House in which members of opposition parties were given more time for debate on various issues. including budget proposals, than the members of treasury benches.

He said that every member was given opportunity to participate in the discussions in the House which were held for about 1400 minutes out of which opposition was 756 minutes and ruling party members, 602 minutes.

Khattar said that not a single member was named during the entire proceedings of the budget session. Similarly, warning was been issued to any member. Such a healthy debate was rarely seen in the House, he added and thanked the members of the House for healthy debate in the budget session. Meanwhile speaker Krishan Pal Gujjar also said it was for the first time after year 2011 that not a single member of the House was named or suspended during the entire proceedings of the House.

Addressing the mediapersons, he said that it was the longest session of last 10 years in which time of seven sittings was increased by one to one and half hours. As many as 13 sittings were held in present budget session but in total about 15 sittings were organised as time period of seven sittings had been increased.

He said that 602 minutes discussions were held on governor address in which 33 members participated. In the discussions, 17 members of treasury benches were given 259 minutes for debate while 310 minutes were given to 14 members of opposition and 33 minutes to independents for raising their issues.

Similarly, he said that 30 members participated in budget debates which lasted for 439 minutes in which 198 minutes given to ruling party members and 236 minutes given to 12 opposition members and five minutes given to two independent members.

He said that discussion were held for about 1400 minutes out of which opposition members were given 756 minutes and 602 minutes to ruling party members. Four independent members spoke for 38 minutes.

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