Karnataka

Speaker pained over missing out on holding session for 60 days

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‘Government did not accept my plea to hold Belagavi session for 20 days’

On the eve of the commencement of the legislature session in Belagavi, Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa expressed “pain” over narrowly missing out on an opportunity to hold the session for a total of 60 days this year as the government did not accept his suggestion for a longer sitting in this border city.

“We have already conducted 43 days of session this year. We wanted the government to hold the winter session in Belagavi for 20 days so that we would have been in a position to cross the 60-day mark this year after a long time. But the government has given consent only for a 10-day session. I am pained that we could not meet our expectations,” he told a press conference in Belagavi.

It may be noted though the state has adopted a legislation in 2005 itself to hold legislature session for a minimum of 60 days a year, it has not been possible to achieve this intention for a long time. The last time that the State crossed the 60-day mark was in 1982.

Forest:

The speaker also expressed anguish over the failure to effectively implement the Forest Rights Act even eight years after its enactment. “I am measured in my comments as I am holding the post of speaker,” he said.

When asked if it would have been better if he was a minister, he remarked in a lighter vein that it would have been further better if he was just an MLA, while pointing out that he had successfully undertaken campaigns regarding land reforms as an MLA in his younger days.

He said the Karnataka Molasses Regulation Bill and the Karnataka Municipalities and Certain Other Law (Amendment) Bill would be introduced during this session. In additon to this, three private members’ bills including the one by Janata Dal (S) MLA Gopalaiah seeking setting up of a Kannada University in the name of late cine actor Rajkumar for studying threatre and cine fields.

The legislation on appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts that has been adopted by the parliament would also come up before the legislature houses for ratification.

The Belagavi session will be taking up 105 starred questions, 1,558 un-starred questions and 27 calling attention notices among others.

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