As the deadline for conclusion of the budget session is drawing closer, the ruling and opposition parties have finally decided to allow discussion on some of the key issues in the Legislative Assembly.

After a hurriedly convened meeting of the floor leaders, Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy decided to allow discussion on irregularities in implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. Discussion on the four per cent reservation assured to minorities commenced in the House on Monday and it would be followed by the debate on NREGP irregularities.

The floor leaders' demand for debate on the alleged lapses in flood/drought relief works was also conceded and this would be followed by discussions on the State's argument before the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal and irregularities in mining leases before the house takes up the Appropriation Bill on March 30. Talking to reporters later, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah wanted the opposition to arrive at a consensus on the issues rather than stalling the proceedings repeatedly. The Treasury Benches had no objection to allow debates on any issue desired by the opposition parties and “my Government is flexible and open to incorporate the suggestions given by other parties”, he said.

He said while the departments concerned would become activated during debate on the demands for grants, such an atmosphere was “unfortunately” not seen in the Assembly.

Moreover, the ‘non-cooperative' attitude being exhibited by the Opposition is making it difficult for the Chair to run the House.

Referring to the meetings of the Business Advisory Committee, he lamented that floor leaders of different parties who turn philosophical seeking proper conduct of the proceedings, however, were not displaying the same spirit when it came to implementation.

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