The Jharkhand assembly on Wednesday saw repeated disruptions on the domicile issue leading to several adjournments. The house failed to execute any serious business but the treasury bench managed to passed the health and energy department budget by voice vote.
Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta ultimately adjourned the house till March 3. The budget session will now resume on March 4.
In the brief question hour that house took up to accommodate pending call attention motions of the members, Bandhu Tirkey raised the issue of displaced villagers of village Anandi under Ormanjhi block of Ranchi whose 103 acre land were acquired in 1963-64 to facilitate construction of Getalsud dam but were still not rehabilitated or compensated as per rules.
The speaker appointed a three-man committee consisting of BJP legislator Raghuvar Das, JMM legislator Mathura Mahto and Bandhu Tirkey with Revenue and land reforms secretary as the member secretary to look into the issue and
resolve that. Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Singh also assured return of unused land out of 236 acres of Asandih village for setting up Adityapur industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA) in east Singhbhum within a month. The question was raised by Vidyut Varan Mahto of the JMM. Water resources minister ordered an enquiry by a team of the central water board into the alleged irregularities in the Upper Sankh irrigation project in Simdega-Gumla region. The issue was raised by Paulus Surin of the JMM.
The government also assured of setting up Industrial Development Corporation in the state within two months after sorting out issue with Bihar. The issue is embroiled in asset-liability distribution tangle between Bihar-Jharkhand.
The house erupted in a din shortly after the question hour when members demanded declaration of the vexatious domicile policy in the state. Adamant legislators cutting across party lines supported the demand. The JMM, BJP, JVM-P, AJSU party legislators trooped into the well of the house. They turned down requests of the speaker to return to their seats leading to the first adjournment around 11.10 am. When house resumed again after adjournment at 11.35 am, legislators continued with their protest against non-declaration of the domicile policy as agreed by the government.
Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Singh said the issue was discussed in the committee constituted to thrash out domicile issue on Tuesday, but remained inconclusive. He informed the house that size of the committee has been enlarged to 10-members to accommodate divergent views on the issue and would be discussed again on March 4 to hammer out a solution. The protesting members, however, were not convinced and continued with protest leading to adjournment of the house till 2 pm.
The scene was no different when the house resumed at 2 pm with members from treasury as well as opposition benches demanding declaration of the policy. The Speaker adjourned the house till 3.55 pm. The house continued in disorder even after resumption at 3.55 pm. But the government managed to get the health and energy budget passed by the house by voice vote and speaker adjourned the house till March 3.