Uttarakhand Assembly fails to conduct even half of required sittings

Last Updated: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 17:41

Dehra Dun: The Uttarakhand Assembly has
failed to conduct even 30 sittings a year against the required
60 sittings as stated in the house`s rule book, a report said.

Since formation of the state in 2000, the Vidhan Sabha
has never even crossed the halfway mark of the required number
of yearly sittings, according to the recent report on
Assembly`s proceedings. The maximum was 23 sittings in 2003.
The data revealed so far only 169 sittings have been
conducted against the obligation of having at least 600
sittings in 10 years. These proceedings lasted for 751 hours
and 3 minutes in combined.

Over 116 hours were lost due to adjournments.
Worst performing Chief Minister was N D Tiwari who
remained present for only 29 days out of 83 sittings conducted
during his reign (2002-2007).
Uttarakhand parliamentary affairs minister Prakash
Pant said blamed opposition for the poor record and said they
think disrupting the house proceedings repeatedly will give
publicity.

"Most of the state assemblies in the country are
having very less number of sittings these days. There should
be big political debate on the national level to settle the
issue," Pant, who was the first speaker in the Uttarakhand
Assembly, said.

While, Opposition Congress accused the BJP government
of not being sincere on the smooth conduct of the House`s
proceedings. "The government tries to shy away from all those
issues which are of the interest of the common people," a
party spokesman said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 17:41
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