Patna, Nov. 30: The treasury bench at the Assembly today conceded the demand of the Opposition to have a special debate on the alleged irregularities in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act schemes in Bihar.
A survey carried out by a Delhi-based private organisation detected financial irregularities of Rs 6,000 crore. The Opposition — the RJD — appeared determined to raise the matter in the Assembly on Friday as they not only raised slogans at the gate of the Assembly building and inside the House but also moved an adjournment motion on the issue during zero hour.
Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary rejected the adjournment motion moved by the Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui. However, Siddiqui described the charges as a “loot” of the poor and demanded a CBI probe. He said the charges were serious and it deserved an adjournment. Parliamentary affairs minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said the ruling of the Speaker in the proceedings of the House was final and could not be challenged. He also mocked at the RJD’s “new found love” for the CBI. The Speaker suggested that the Opposition should bring up the issue in another form.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the government had nothing to hide and was willing to discuss it inside the House. Siddiqui said the Speaker had the powers to change the adjournment motion into a call attention notice or a special separate. The Speaker ultimately announced a special debate on the issue on Monday.
The House witnessed a furore over the absence of health minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey The minister-in-charge, Chandramohan Rai, has to seek time for so many important questions, including the question related to dengue in Bihar. Modi tabled the second supplementary bill for the current financial year 2012-13 of over Rs 3,386 crore. Of this amount, Rs 1,970 crore is for the plan expenditure. The plan size of the current year is already Rs 28,000 crore.