The third session (Budget Session) of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly is all set to begin on Friday on a stormy note as the Opposition BJP and Congress have decided to raise a lot of issues in the House.
Presiding over the BJP Legislature Party meeting, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik said his party would raise issues like distress sale of paddy, unemployment, law and order, violence against women and proposed power tariff hike.
Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra said, “There are many burning issues to be discussed in the House. Farmers are facing distress sale. Youths are going outside the State in search of work as they are not getting jobs here. There has been complete breakdown in the law and order situation.”
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the Government would answer all questions to be raised by the Opposition.
Earlier in the day, Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro chaired an all-party meeting for smooth functioning of the House.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha informed that books relating to the Budget would be given in pen-drives from this session. All MLAs would be given I-Pads for the purpose.
While the first phase of the session would be held from February 14 to 26, the second would commence on March 11 and continue till April 9. The Annual Budget for 2020-21 would be tabled by Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari on February 18. There would be a total of 31