Imphal, March 9: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh can deal with any form of provocation from the members of the Opposition benches with a smile, but he cannot stand it when it comes from the staff of the state Assembly.
Ibobi Singh lost his temper when a House security employee, Jamandar Tayeb Ali, tried to deliver a paper to the chief minister while he was replying to a question raised by Independent member Awangbou Newmai during Question Hour.
“The House has been reduced to a mockery. The Assembly secretary should take steps to prevent disturbances caused by the Assembly staff while a minister is addressing the House,” Ibobi Singh said during Question Hour today. Ali is one of those employees who delivers documents to ministers and MLAs inside the House.
“What is this? What is the urgency? Someone disturbed me by entering the House while I was about to give answers. The disturbances came again during my speech,” Ibobi Singh said when the employee tried to hand him a document.
The chief minister’s outburst sent the employee out of the House immediately.
Ibobi Singh, however, regained his composure and continued to give replies calmly to supplementary questions on rural electrification programme taken up in Tamenglong district.
The angry reaction from Ibobi Singh prompted Speaker Irengbam Hemochandra Singh to order the Assembly secretary, Y. Indira Devi, for taking measures to prevent any House staff from “disturbing” ministers while they were giving replies or addressing the House.
“Let it (disturbances to leader of the House) be the last. Any disturbance to any one of the ministers while he is giving replies or addressing the House is not proper. Take prompt steps. This is an order,” the Speaker said.
He ordered the secretary that this incident should not happen again.
The Speaker also ordered chief secretary D.S. Poonia to assign responsible officers to the officials’ gallery of the House during discussion hours and take down notes of the important points raised by the members and ministers.
“Those officers assigned should note down important points of the discussions. Such notes should reach the ministers concerned for implementation of the issues discussed,” the Speaker ruled.