BJD MLAs demand `No Work No Pay` policy for oppn members

With opposition Congress and BJP MLAs boycotting the Orissa Assembly for the last two weeks, a section of ruling BJD members today demanded adoption of `no work no pay` policy against them.

Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With opposition Congress and BJP
MLAs boycotting the Orissa Assembly for the last two weeks, a
section of ruling BJD members today demanded adoption of `no
work no pay` policy against them.

"Since the opposition members are not participating in
the business of the House, they should be denied payment,"
BJD`s Pravat Tripathy said seeking a ruling from the chair.

Though Congress members were signing the record each day,
they were sitting on dharna in the Assembly premises instead
of attending the House, he said.

Nrushinga Sahu of BJD also made the same demand.

While Tripathy was supported by some, a majority of BJD
members, however, dismissed the demand.

"We are not public servants. MLAs are people’s
representatives. Therefore, it will be an insult to implement
`no work no pay` policy for them," BJD`s Pradeep Maharathy, a
five time MLA from Pipili, said.

NCP legislature party leader Amar Satpathy said, "The
House is not the place to debate on the issue. The issue can
be raised in amenities committee for MLAs."

Bishnu Charan Das, who was in the chair, ruled that there
would be no discussion on the issue.

Twenty-seven Congress legislators are sitting on dharna
near the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside in the Assembly premises
since July 17 demanding resignation of two ministers allegedly
involved in the multi-crore coal scam.

Six BJP MLAs and an Independent member had also been
boycotting the House on the same ground taking the total of
those not attending to 34 MLAs.

PTI