Ensure proper implementation of commission: Opp tells govt

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of Odisha Cabinet’s meeting tomorrow, which is likely to approve proposals on formation of the Food Commission and Law Commission, Opposition on Thursday raised doubts over the effectiveness of the two proposed bodies.

While the position for chairman and members of Information Commission and Human Rights Commission are yet to be filled, the fate of the proposed commissions is uncertain.

Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, said, “Of late the State government realized the necessity for the commissions. However, it should seriously consider on how the members of commission can be chosen and solve the people’s issues as well as the infrastructure development of the bodies.”

Echoing similar views, Sajjan Sharma, State BJP Spokesperson, said, “If a commission is needed to address issues, it must be formed. However, a commission should not be formed to take the credit. It should work for the people.”

Clearing doubts about the fate of the commissions, Samir Das, BJD spokesperson, said, “As per the Supreme Court directive, Odisha will form the Law Commission and the functioning of the body will also be taken care of.”

As per the NFSA, the State is bound to form the Food Commission in which a chairman, member secretary and five members will be present. Similarly, the Law Commission will constitute a chairman and six members who will advise the State government on legal system.

Meanwhile, the State Cabinet is likely to approve 11 proposals including one on BPUT Amendment Act. Once the amendment is effected, the State government will have more control over the university. The Technical Education Minister will be the pro-Chancellor and the VC will have tenure of three years instead of five years after the amendment in the Act.