Agartala, Sept. 26: A three-day session of Tripura Assembly began quietly today but heated discussions followed in the afternoon after recess with the Opposition Congress criticising the state government over the condition of health services.
The session began at 11am with question hour, which passed off quietly, but tempers frayed as leader of the Opposition Sudip Roy Barman sought an adjournment motion for a discussion on the state of health services for which he had given notice in advance.
Speaker Ramendra Debnath said he had rejected the notice for adjournment motion under Rule 68 of the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the House.
As Roy Barman and Debnath engaged in a heated exchange of words, chief minister Manik Sarkar intervened. He agreed to a discussion on health services but advised Roy Barman to bring the motion in the form of a “short notice” discussion in the afternoon session. Roy Barman agreed to do so.
The issue was taken up in the second part of the Assembly session. Roy Barman and his senior colleague and former leader of the Opposition Ratanlal Nath criticised government, pointing out how a series of deaths had occurred in GB Hospital here because of doctors’ negligence.
Roy Barman said negligence in duty and misbehaviour with patients, their relatives and even with representatives of people was growing because the state government was not initiating any action against the culprits.
Health minister Tapan Chakraborty said, “We have received one inquiry report and are awaiting another. There is no reason to think that the government will remain a silent spectator. We will definitely take all corrective measures.”