Shillong, March 9: The Opposition has put forward 200 questions to be taken up during the budget session, which will begin tomorrow with the Governor’s address.
Opposition leader and NCP legislator Conrad Sangma today said though the Opposition had put at least 200 questions to be raised during question hour, 89 private members’ motions would also be moved during the session.
As there will be only 12 working days for the budget session, the Opposition said it would not be able to raise many important issues.
“There are chances that despite the efforts of the Opposition to raise important issues, the Assembly secretariat may not permit all the questions and the motions to be taken up,” Sangma said.
Three days have been allotted for the private members’ business and nine days for government business.
Criticising the truncated session, Sangma said being the budget session, more time should have been allotted to discuss the issues concerning the commoner.
“The session should be extended so that more issues can be raised in the Assembly, which is the proper place for legislators to debate,” he said.
The issues related to the ethnic clash — involving Garos and Rabhas — and the delay in solving the border dispute with Assam will dominate the session.
The worsening law and order situation in Garo hills will be a part of the discussions.
Sangma said the NCP would also raise matters related to the environment policy, financial crunch in the state and extortion at the checkgates in Garo hills.
The full budget will be presented during the session and the government will also table important bills in the Assembly.
The district administration has imposed Section 144 CrPC to prevent any gathering of people in and around the Assembly for the smooth conduct of the session, which will conclude on March 25.