First session of fifth C’garh state Legislative Assembly to commence from today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2019 10:48:02


Staff Reporter,


The First session of Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, will commence from Friday. Governor Anandiben Patel was already administered oath of office and secrecy to Protem Speaker Rampukar Singh for conducting the House proceedings on the first day.  It may be recalled that the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Secretariat had on Wednesday issued notification for the First Session of Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. Though the notification doesn’t state on which date the Session will conclude but it is likely that there will be six sittings during the Session and it is being expected that the Session will conclude on January 11, 2019.

With the commencement of Assembly on January 4, Protem Speaker Rampukar Singh will administer oath of office and secrecy to all 90 newly elected Legislators for Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. After the oath of Legislators, election for the post of Speaker will be conducted by the Protem Speaker. Sakti Legislator Dr Charandas Mahant is all set to get elected for the post. Dr Mahant has already filed his nomination on Thursday.

Thereafter the day’s proceeding will be adjourned and the House will again meet on January 7 after weekend holiday.
On day two of the Session, i.e., on January 7, the House will commence with the address of Governor Anandiben Patel. This will be followed by tabling of Thanks Giving Proposal to the Governor’s Address as well as tabling of demand proposals for the Third Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2018-19. It is being stated that the demand proposals for the 3rd Supplementary Budget would be over Rs 10,000 crore, being termed as the biggest supplementary budget since the inception of the state. Discussions on the demand proposals for the 3rd Supplementary Budget will be followed by voting and subsequent introduction of Appropriation Bill, its consideration and passing will be held on January 8.

It is worth mentioning here that the new Congress government has decided to write off cent percent short-term crop loans of over 16.65 lakh farmers, who have taken loans from Cooperative Banks and Chhattisgarh Gramin Bank as on November 30, 2018. Thus the Chhattisgarh government will be waiving off over Rs 6100 crore as short-term agriculture loans. The Cabinet also decided to examine the short-term agriculture loans taken by farmers from notified commercial banks, and accordingly the loans of eligible farmers will be waived off.

The Congress government also hiked the Minimum Support Price for paddy to Rs 2500 per quintal. Presently, the paddy is being procured through primary cooperative societies at Rs 1750 per quintal, a rate which has been announced by the central government. The state government has decided to bear the additional load of Rs 750 per quintal. If the amount of Rs 300 per quintal which is being given as bonus is merged into, only burden of Rs 450 remains. Thus the state government would bear the burden of Rs 750 per quintal and procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal. Accordingly, all such expenses will be covered in the Third Supplementary Budget.

Thereafter from January 9 to January 11, the House will be holding discussions on the thanks giving proposal to the Governor’s address. Also other government works will be carried out during these three days. The Assembly Secretariat in the notification has not mentioned the conclusion of the Session, though it has given details for six sittings. It is likely that the number of sittings may increase later after discussions in the meeting of Assembly Work Advisory Committee.