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Privilege notice against secy
- Lunch session

Ranchi, Aug. 6: Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta today ordered a privilege motion against the food and civil supplies secretary for his absence from the House to provide clarifications on a question pertaining to his department, the first time such an action was taken since Jharkhand was formed in 2000.

Replying to CPI-ML (Liberation) member Vinod Kumar Singh’s question raised on Monday, food and civil supplies minister Lobin Hembrom said that no wheat was supplied to the APL families during the current fiscal, but such families in 12 districts had been supplied rice through PDS outlets.

Also, over 19.62 lakh APL families were being provided with foodgrains through PDS outlets.

But MLAs, cutting across the party lines, objected to the minister’s reply, accusing him of misleading the House just like he had done on Monday, when he even announced action against the official who provided the wrong information.

While Hembrom contested the MLAs claims, parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Prasad Singh stood up to say he would reply to the House in the afternoon session as department’s secretary wasn’t available.

This angered the Speaker no less. He ordered that a privilege motion be initiated against the food and civil supplies secretary, Pradip Kumar.

Kumar who had stepped out of the officers’ gallery, but was in the Assembly premises, returned to seat soon after. But, this failed to pacify the Speaker.

“He hasn’t done us any great favour by coming back. Privilege motion will be initiated against him,” Bhokta ruled.

Later, he threatened similar action against BJP member Amit Yadav, who threw a bunch of papers on the floor of the House to express dissatisfaction with Rajendra Prasad Singh’s reply to his question on a delayed road in Koderma.

Bhokta told Yadav that he could initiate a privilege motion against him, too, but spared him with a condemnation.

The Speaker, however, slapped a show cause notice against another official for providing misleading information on JMM member Vishnu Bhaiya’s query on the deportation of a Jamtara tribal youth languishing in Lahore jail for the last six years.

At the onset of the day’s session, BJP MLAs entered the House sporting black badges to protest against yesterday’s alleged police excesses on their party men during a blockade of the secretariat.

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