State Assembly adjourns sine-die

Bhubaneswar: State Assembly was adjourned sine-die on Friday after a stormy budget session which was rocked by the multi-crore dal scam and saw passage of important bills including one seeking to reserve 50 per cent seats for women in panchayati raj bodies.

The session, which had commenced on February 14, was marked by uproarious scenes in the House which was stalled on many days over the issue of irregularities in purchase of dal for mid-day meal (MDM) and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) meant for children and pregnant women.

Opposition Congress and BJP mounted a scathing attack on the BJD government over the dal scam and demanded a CBI probe into the irregularities terming the inquiry by state vigilance as ineffective.

Normalcy was restored only when the assembly resumed after a break from February 14 to March 10.

As many as seven bills were passed during the session which involved 31 sittings. Important among the bills passed was the one seeking to increase reservation of seats for women in panchayati raj institutions from one third to 50 per cent as part of efforts to empower the fair sex.

The House also passed measures seeking about three fold increase in the salaries of MLAs, including the chief minister, ministers, speaker and deputy speaker.