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Walkout over slash in funds for STs

UPROARIOUS SCENES were witnessed in the State Assembly today as Opposition members twice staged walkouts accusing the Government of cutting down planned expenditure for tribal welfare and failing to protect rights of the scheduled caste people.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 13:48 IST

UPROARIOUS SCENES were witnessed in the State Assembly today as Opposition members twice staged walkouts accusing the Government of cutting down planned expenditure for tribal welfare and failing to protect rights of the scheduled caste people.

Commotion broke out during the Question Hour when leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi accused the State Government of diverting funds for tribal welfare to other departments and sought to know the amount spent from planned expenditure on tribals in 2005-06.

Terming the question ‘out of context’, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani disallowed her from asking it, triggering strong protest from the Opposition.

Though Tribal Welfare Minister Vijay Shah promised to provide the information, entire Opposition staged a walkout as Jamuna Devi stuck to her demand for desired information.

Uproar was again witnessed in the House when SP member Vanshman Prasad Verma and CPI-M member Ramlakhan Sharma moved a call-attention motion alleging that members of upper caste community, in an attempt to grab one acre land allotted to scheduled caste members at Baghtdi village in Sidhi district, had set afire their houses on February 19, 2006. The State Government had failed to secure rights of the victims, they alleged.

Replying to the charges, Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh said that cases were registered against 31 people for the incident and the ruling BJP was committed to remove any kind of encroachment on Government land.

Unsatisfied with the reply, members of SP and CPI-M staged a walkout. Earlier, during the Question Hour, Rohani instructed the Government to ensure disbursement of salaries to shikshakarmis (teachers) on time, after the matter was raised through a question by Congress member Ramniwas Rawat.

To another query by SP member Vanshmani Prasad Verma, Animal Husbandry Minister Ramakant Verma accepted loopholes in the Cow Slaughter Prevention Act and promised to bring in amendments during next Assembly session to ensure its strict implementation.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 13:48 IST