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Money bill passed: Maharashtra employees to get March salaries on time

The state legislative council finally passed a money bill amidst chaos caused by Opposition members on Saturday

mumbai Updated: Mar 26, 2017 00:26 IST
Surendra P Gangan
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena does not enjoy a majority in the legislative council.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena does not enjoy a majority in the legislative council.(HT)

The state legislative council finally passed a money bill amidst chaos caused by Opposition members on Saturday.

This means that approximately 15 lakh state government employees will get their March salaries on time. Earlier, there were concerns that the Appropriation Bill would be delayed owing to repeated adjournments.

The state government had even warned that it would approach governor C Vidyasagar Rao, asking him to direct the legislative council to pass the bill.

When the house assembled at 1pm on Saturday, the Opposition benches taunted the government for allegedly beating up a farmer by security guards at Mantralaya. Amidst the chaos, council chairman Ramraje Nimbhalkar asked state finance minister Deepak Kesarkar to table the bill. It was then passed without any discussion.

The bill sought permission to spend Rs50,000 crore. Half of the amount will be used to disburse salaries of government employees.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena does not enjoy a majority in the legislative council as it is dominated by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine.

The bill was stuck in the upper house because of adjournments right from the beginning of the budget session. The sticking point was the demand of a farm loan waiver by the Opposition. On the issue, Opposition leaders had disrupted the lower houses when the budget was being presented. Later, 19 MLAs from Congress and NCP were suspended for nine months for their ‘unruly behaviour’ during the presentation of the budget. The Opposition has been demanding that the government withdraw the suspension order.

Farmer beaten up: NCP calls govt insensitive

The opposition condemned the alleged bashing up of a 32-year-old farmer, Rameshwar Bhusare, by the guards at Mantralaya on Thursday. He is from a village in Kannad taluka of Aurangabad district. Council chairman Ramraje Nimbhalkar asked the state government for a detailed report on the incident within the next two days. Raising the issue, NCP leader Sunil Tatkare said it was unbecoming of the government to refuse a patient hearing to Bhusare, who is facing agrarian crises. “This shows lack of sensitivity towards farmers,” said Tatkare. In response, parliamentary affairs minister Girish Bapat said the state is serious about the issue. “We have already ordered a probe in this matter,” said Bapat. The police had denied allegations and said Bhusare bit one of the guards when he was asked to leave.

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