Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha
Ranchi, Aug. 30: An indefinite strike by para-teachers, displacements caused by land acquisition, state’s level of preparedness to fight a potential drought and deteriorating law and order are issues that are set to rock the House during the monsoon session starting tomorrow.
While Opposition parties have decided to put up a united front, chief minister Arjun Munda has urged them to let the House run peacefully.
The state’s first supplementary budget and action taken report on assurances given by the government in the past too will be laid. The Speaker has agreed to allow two days’ debate on the supplementary budget and a special debate on drought. The schedule is likely to be finalised at the Assembly’s business advisory committee meeting tomorrow.
JVM legislature party leader Pradip Yadav alleged that primary schools across the state have virtually been closed down due to the para-teachers’ strike. Children in various government schools too have not received their textbooks and the mid-day meal scheme too had badly been affected, he added.
Similarly, over 25 lakh families displaced by projects over the years are running from pillar to post for justice. The row over transfer of agricultural lands in Nagri for IIM, NUSRL and IIT campuses is another glaring example, he said.
Several hundred displaced families from across the state will also gherao the Vidhan Sabha on September 3 under the JVM banner.
“Hardships faced by farmers due to monsoon failure is another burning issue. Merely holding review meetings with senior officials or taking decisions at cabinet meetings are no solutions. We would like to know from the government what is being done at the grassroots. Though we don’t aim to stall the functioning of the House, we may be constrained to do so if the government fails to give specific replies,” argued Yadav.
CPI-ML(Liberation) member Vinod Kumar Singh added that the Opposition would be also like to know why the government was reluctant to take action against senior officials for their alleged irregularities in the execution of MGNREGS projects. His party would strongly oppose transfer of fertile agricultural land for construction of buildings and advocate that the plots are returned to the original owners.
“This Assembly session is very short and we don’t have much expectation from it. But we will be discharging our duties honestly,” he added.
Incidentally, the human resource development department today directed the deputy commissioners to ensure that neither studies nor mid-day meal scheme was adversely affected due to the teachers’ strike.
HRD principal secretary B.K. Tripathi has asked the DCs to immediately depute regular teachers at schools that were run by para-teachers.
If need be, newly appointed Plus Two teachers too may be deputed at such schools. The services of block resource persons and cluster resource persons will also be utilised for running the schools.
The special court of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Ranchi, and the CBI special court denied permission to former minister Anosh Ekka to attend the monsoon session of the Assembly. Ekka, in jail since August 17, 2009, is accused of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of incomes.