JPSC issue rocks House, Speaker, suspends Dhullu Mahto for a day

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JPSC issue rocks House, Speaker, suspends Dhullu Mahto for a day

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 | Roshan Kumar | Ranchi

The budget session of Jharkhand assembly today witnessed noisy scenes with members from Opposition and treasury benches raising anomalies in Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) issue and displacement of people due to mining activities of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) and Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL). BJP MLA from Baghmara Dhullu Mahto, who raised the displacement issue, was suspended for a day by speaker Dinesh Oraon for creating ruckus in Assembly.

Mahto, who seem to be not having good terms with senior State BJP leaders after his name surfaced in alleged sexual harassment case of a woman, raised the displacement issue of people at Bokaro and Dhanbad districts by coal units’ subsidiaries at question hour. Mahto, raising the issue said: “Due to mining activities of BCCL and CCL, thousands of families have been displaced from their houses. These displaced persons have neither received jobs nor compensation from government.” Revenue & land Reforms Minister, Amar Kumar Bauri replying to Mahto, urged the lawmaker to provide the list of families who have been displaced or evicted assuring Mahto that government will take appropriate steps on the issue.

Mahto, however, was adamant on his demand stating that he had raised the issue on January 18, but has not received satisfactory reply from government.  The Speaker asked Mahto to take his seat stating that the minister has given the reply. However, Mahto who was not ready to hear the Speaker kept on raising the issue. The Speaker warned Mahto to take his seat otherwise he will be suspended from House proceedings for a day. Senior BJP leader and party MLA from Chatarpur Radha Krishna Kishore tried to pacify the lawmaker urging him to take his seat, but the lawmaker was adamant on his demand. Later, the speaker suspended Mahto from Assembly proceedings for a day.

While the suspension of Mahto was embarrassing for ruling party, members from treasury benches along with opposition too raised the issue of anomalies in JPSC examination.

Raising the issue at question hour, leader of opposition Hemant Soren demanded for an adjournment motion over the issue. Soren said, “The issue of JPSC is serious as everyone is affected. The government should postpone the JPSC mains examination scheduled on January 28.” Soren urged the speaker to issue a direction on the issue as it affects the future of thousands of people.

The members from opposition benches received the support of treasury benches with BJP Chatarpur Radha Krishna Kishore suggesting for postponement of examination scheduled on January 28 as the matter is sub-judice at Jharkhand High Court.

As the members from Opposition and treasury benches kept on demanding for postponement of the examination, the Speaker directed Chief Minister Raghubar Das to provide government reply after having consultation with his department officials. Das replying on the issue said that his department will take appropriate steps after consulting Chief Secretary and Secretary from personnel and administrative reforms.

JPSC Secy shifted

The State Government today transferred and posted Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) secretary Jagjit Singh an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 2004 batch officer to Special Secretary at Home, Prison and Disaster Management. Meanwhile, Ranendra Kumar director Ramdayal Munda Tribal Research Institute an IAS officer 2006 has been given the additional charge of JPSC secretary.

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