Winter session of Jharkhand Assembly ends

Ranchi
16 Dec 2017

The winter session of Jharkhand Assembly ended on Thursday with all the three working days being disrupted by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLAs over land acquisition law and domicile policy. The JMM MLAs disrupted the House on these twin issues on all three days, prompting Speaker Dinesh Oraon to express pain for the disruption.
"A large part of four days of the session have gone in disruption. With great pain I would like to say that not one oral answer from the government out of 258 questions could come -- that included short duration question and starred question," Speaker Dinesh Oraon said in his valedictory address to the House on the last day.
The Assembly secretariat got written answers of 219 questions out of the 258 questions, and were distributed to the members, the Speaker said. Now 39 questions, including 37 unstarred questions, are pending with the departments concerned, the Speaker said and expressed the hope that the secretariat would get them soon.
A total 15 calling attention motions were also part of the winter session but reply from the government could not come even on one because of the din in the Assembly. "This situation is a matter of concern for the people of the state," he said.
If the Parliamentary process is to be taken forward, then constructive efforts should be made, he added. Stating that House is the place for debate, Oraon said that the pious stage should be used for constructive debate and exchange of thoughts. But instead of doing it, the spirit of Parliamentary system was hurt.
Stating that he would not hold any one side responsible, the Speaker said all sides should assist constructively in conducting the House in an orderly manner. He said it is the pious duty for everyone to respect the thoughts of everyone in Parliamentary democracy. "But somewhere we have been unsuccessful in this pious duty. But I hope the members will seriously ponder over in the coming sessions by rising above this situations, and will become successful in setting up a healthy democracy," the Speaker said. Later, the Speaker adjourned the House sine die. (PTI)