The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded that the government take steps to extend the budget session of the Legislative Assembly to ensure that the House is in session for at least 30 working days.
In a letter addressed to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu said the government was keen on restricting the session to 16 days in the name of standing committees. From 42 days in 2010, the number of days during which the Assembly was in session had been brought down to less than 40 days during the current year.
Given the problems like power crisis and scope for hefty hike in power tariff, the government inclination to evade replies to members was evident by reduction of the working days of the Assembly. Discussions in the standing committees could never be compared with debates in the Assembly where political parties would come out with their stand on crucial issues.
“Bringing down the number of working days will be tantamount to reducing the importance of the Legislature,” he said.