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Total prohibition possible if Centre supports: BJD

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

Members across party lines on Monday demanded that the Government find ways for adoption of total prohibition in the State and provide land to all landless people by simplifying related laws.

The members opined these while participating in the discussions on Demands of Grants of Excise and Revenue and Disaster Management Departments.

Initiating discussion, BJP member Bishnu Charan Sethi slammed the Government saying that no work is done in Tehsil office without money and people are suffering a lot due to large area of Revenue Circles.

The Government has failed in protecting lands from saline water in coastal area. Out of 480-km coastal stretch, protective embankments have been built for 58.225 km stretch.

Sethi too severely criticised the Government for ‘announcing’ to prize highest liquor sellers.

But BJD members Amar Prasad Satpathy and Prafulla Kumar Samal appreciated performances of the two departments.

“The State Government should expedite giving lands to the landless by creating a special land bank. All lands not used by industrial houses, educational institutions and others should be restored to the Government fold. Rules for use of minor minerals like sand and laterites by common people should be simplified,” suggested Satpathy.

Stating that the State Government also wants to adopt total prohibition, Samal said, “Total prohibition can be achieved only when both the Union and State Governments work for it. There will be no problem for the State to go for total prohibition if the Centre compensate revenue loss to be caused by such adoption.”

Samal also suggested that all landless people be given land by simplifying the Land Reforms Act.

Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra alleged that the Government has failed in implementing Prevention of Land Encroachment Act and Land Grabbing Bill.

He demanded that the Government impose total prohibition and ensure that no person drink liquor in the State. He too demanded that all laws relating to land be clubbed and simplified into a unified law for the interest of the people of the State.

Expenditure of Rs 1158,93,31,000 relating the Revenue and Disaster Management Department and Expenditure of Rs 131,24,74,000 relating to the Excise Department were passed in the House after a marathon discussion.

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