It was done as soon as the Appropriation Bill was passed hurriedly in the post-lunch session

The proceedings of the State Assembly were adjourned for the day as soon as the Appropriation Bill was passed hurriedly in the post-lunch session on Thursday.

The Bill related to first supplementary budget making a provision of Rs. 9,421.25 crore for the current financial year was passed even as the agitated Congress legislators sought a statement by Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surjya Nayaran Patro about the amount of Central assistance released for relief and reconstruction work in the Phailin-affected districts in the State.

Dharna staged

Congress legislators then staged a brief dharna near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Assembly premises to register their protest against Mr. Patro’s earlier statement that the State had received Central assistance of Rs. 250 crore for Phailin-affected areas.

Senior Congress legislator and Opposition Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan said that the State had received Rs. 750 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund on December 3 and the State already had an unspent amount of Rs. 250 crore in the State Disaster Relief Fund.

Mr. Harichandan alleged that the Revenue Minister had tried to mislead the House by saying that all it had got from the Centre towards post-disaster assistance was just Rs. 250 crore.

Mr. Patro, however, revised his earlier statement in the House saying the State had received Rs. 750 crore in two instalments from the Centre for relief and reconstruction work in the districts affected by the recent cyclone and consequent flood.

The statement, however, failed to satisfy the Congress legislators who demanded that the Revenue Minister should present facts in the House.

The legislators of the ruling Biju Janata Dal had raised their voice against the Centre alleging that the Central government had shown step-motherly attitude towards Odisha by releasing little assistance for the benefit of the cyclone and flood-affected population.


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