Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The monsoon session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die on Tuesday, a day ahead of the scheduled completion.

Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro adjourned the session, which commenced on September 29 and was scheduled to conclude on October 7.

During the session, the State Assembly passed the Court Fee (Odisha Amendment) Bill to allow people to make online payment of their court fee. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Law minister Pratap Jena and was passed through voice vote.

The Assembly also passed the Epidemic Disease (Odisha Amendment) Bill, 2020 making provision of two years jail term and Rs 1 lakh penalty for violation of COVID-19 guidelines. Besides, the Universities (Amendment) Bill was also passed in the Assembly today amid protests by the opposition.

The Assembly also witnessed stormy sessions with Opposition parties targeting the State government on various issues like alleged Covid-19 mismanagement and rising crimes against women. Besides, the alleged gang rape of a 19-year-old girl in Hathras of Uttar Pradesh had also led to ruckus in the House.

The Assembly was adjourned till 10:30 AM on Monday in the wake of the death of veteran leader and Biju Janata Dal MLA, Pradeep Maharathy who passed away at the age of 65 at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

(Edited By Bikram Jena)

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