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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker, Surjya Narayan Patro on Tuesday asserted that the members of the House will not be allowed to create ruckus or pandemoniun during the Governor’s address and Question Hour in the upcoming sessions.

The decision was taken unanimously at the 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference in Shimla held recently, informed Patro.

The resolution passed at the conference will be discussed with the legislators during the all-party meeting scheduled to be held on November 29 at 11 am, ahead of the commencement of the winter session of the State Assembly from December 1.

“Many resolutions were passed at the All India Presiding Officers’ Conference in Shimla. One of the big decisions taken at the conference is that speakers will ensure discipline and decorum at the House during Governor’s address and Question Hour. The Speakers have been asked to inform the decision to all the parties,” said Patro.

To commemorate the centennial year of All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC), the apex body of the Legislatures in India, the 82nd edition of the All India Presiding Officers’ Conference was held in Shimla on November 17 and 16. The first such conference was also held in Shimla in 1921.

Patro further said that the winter session of the Odisha Assembly will be convened with strict adherence to all the Covid-19 protocols and therefore the MLAs will have to undergo RT-PCR and Antigen tests for head of the beginning of the House.

A Covid-19 testing drive will be conducted in  the premises of the State Assembly and the date regarding the same will be finalised after a meeting with the officials of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on November 25.

Meanwhile, Keonjhar MLA and Opposition Chief Whip in the State Assembly, Mohan Majhi opposed the decision.
“We cannot remain silent. We'll raise our voices over different issues. We'll oppose if Speaker puts forth this at all-party meet. Where in law is it mentioned that legislators cannot stage protest in Assembly? As Opposition, we will perform our duties,” said Majhi.

The State Assembly will continue till December 31 with a total of 26 working days. As per the provisional calendar of sittings issued by the government, the first supplementary statement of expenditure for the year 2021-22 will be presented on the first day of the session (December 1).

Similarly, the appropriation bill on the first supplementary statement of expenditure for the year 2021-22 will be tabled on December 10.

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