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Tag: Odisha Assembly

Odisha Govt To Transfer Rs 545 Cr Srimandir Funds To Nationalised Bank On March 19 & 30

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has finalised to transfer Rs 545 crore funds of Puri Lord Jagannath currently parked in a private bank to a nationalised bank on March 19 and 30, State Law Minister Pratap Jena said in the Assembly on Tuesday. Jena said Lord Jagannath has a property of Rs 626.44 crore including Rs […]

Opposition Seeks Adequate Representation In Odisha Assembly Business Advisory Committee

Bhubaneswar: Leader of Opposition (LoP), Pradipta Naik on Monday wrote to Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro seeking adequate representation of opposition parties in the Odisha Assembly Business Advisory Committee. The committee, which is headed by Speaker Patro, have seven members- five from ruling-BJD and one each from BJP and Congress. “In a democracy, the cooperation of […]

Odisha Assembly Adjourned Multiple Times Amid Pandemonium By Opposition Members

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties on Monday created ruckus in Odisha Assembly alleging irregularities in paddy procurement and non-lifting of paddy from several mandis across the State. Though both the BJP and the Congress members tried to corner the State government over such irregularities and moved an adjournment motion seeking a discussion, it was turned down by […]

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10,054 Posts In Odisha Police Lying Vacant: Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra

Bhubaneswar: The State government on Monday told the Assembly that 10,054 posts in the state police were lying vacant as of December 2019. Replying to a question raised by Congress MLA Narasingh Mishra, Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra said that these vacancies were out of the 72,119 sanctioned posts in the police, […]

9.11 Lakh Educated, But Jobless? Youth Unemployment Rocks Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: The Budget Session of the Odisha Assembly on Thursday witnessed a total pandemonium over rising unemployment in the State as the Opposition targeted the defiant treasury bench in the House. During Question Hour today, BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition (LoP), Pradipta Naik targeted the Odisha government over unemployment issue and said that the […]

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10,210 Sex Workers In Odisha: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has as many as 10,210 sex workers in 22 of the 30 districts of the state, Health and Family Welfare minister Naba Kishore Das told the Assembly on Wednesday. Das said this while replying to a question in the Assembly. The minister said the state government identified the sex workers during a survey […]

Odisha Govt Recommends Hike In Compensation For Electrocution Deaths & Injuries

Bhubaneswar: The State government on Tuesday recommended the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) to hike the compensation amount for cases of electrocution deaths and injuries to people. Addressing the Assembly on Tuesday, State Energy Minister Dibyashankar Mishra said that the government has recommended a compensation of Rs 4 Lakh as ex-gratia to the kin of […]

BJP MLA Sings In Odisha House To Highlight Plight Of Lawmakers

Bhubaneswar: BJP leader Bishnu Charan Sethi took everyone by surprise in the Assembly on Tuesday, as he broke into a song during the Zero Hour to highlight the plight of lawmakers who were yet to be allotted government quarters in the state capital. Sethi, the BJP deputy leader in the Assembly, said “many MLAs have […]

246 Elephants Died In Odisha In 3 Years: Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh

Bhubaneswar: As many as 246 elephants died in Odisha due to various reasons in the last three years, the Odisha government informed the Assembly on Tuesday. In a written reply, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said that 246 elephants had died between 2016-17 and 2018-19 due to accidental electrocution, disease, accidents involving trains […]

Odisha Clears Deck For OBC Survey, Amends OBC Commission Act

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Monday amended the State Commission For Backward Classes Act, 1993 to enable the Commission to undertake survey of the social and educational conditions of the people belonging to the backward classes. “In a historic move, this August House has resolved to amend the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 […]

Din In Odisha Assembly As BJP Seeks Lottery System For Selecting Questions For Discussion

Bhubaneswar: BJP members on Monday created ruckus in Odisha Assembly alleging that questions for discussion are being selected arbitrarily and not by lottery, leading the speaker to adjourn the House thrice. Speaker S N Patro denied the allegation and said henceforth MLAs would be informed about the timing of lottery via SMS. Important questions submitted […]

Odisha Budget Session: Bedlam prevails on Day 2, House adjourned 7 times!

Bhubaneswar: Storm in Odisha Legislative Assembly is yet to subside. The House first adjourned till 11:30. Following the din, post resuming of proceedings, Speaker had to adjourn the House for as many as 6 times. In order to break the deadlock, Speaker has convened an all-party meeting in the evening today. A day already washed […]

Odisha govt saved 700 trees by switching over to paperless

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal has said that the state government has saved around 700 big trees by partially switching over to paperless budgeting in 2019-20 fiscal, officials said on Saturday. Digital methods had substantially reduced the printing of documents during the 2019-20 annual budget, the governor was quoted as saying. “It (the partial switchover) […]

Odisha Speaker Bans Media From Reporting Ruckus In House

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker S NPatro on Friday imposed an embargo on the media from reporting ruckus inside the House, inviting sharp criticisms from the opposition Congress and the BJP. There were noisy scenes in the House over the absence of officials in the gallery meant for them. Following this, the speaker issued the directive to […]

Odisha Farmers Seek Rs 75,000 Cr Allocation In State Budget

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the Budget session of Odisha Assembly, Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) on Thursday demanded 50 per cent share in the 2020-21 state budget for the overall development of farmers in the State. NNKS has been spearheading the farmer agitation in the State demanding price, prestige and pension. Addressing a presser, NNKS convenor, […]

Odisha Assembly Budget Session Likely To Be Stormy

Bhubaneswar: The Budget session of the Odisha Assembly scheduled to commence on February 14 is likely to be stormy with the opposition BJP and Congress planning to corner the ruling-BJD over a range of issues, including crime against women, lapses in paddy procurement and attacks on RTI activists. Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Pradipta Kumar […]

Railway Minister Asks Odisha To Sort Land Acquisition Issues For More Funds

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Odisha House Committee on Railways headed by Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Tuesday met Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum demanding more funds for the State. In the memorandum to Goyal, the panel reportedly demanded more budgetary allocation for new railway lines for Puri-Konark, Jajpur-Dhamra, Bargarh-Nuapada […]

2020-21 Odisha Budget to be presented on February 18

Bhubaneswar: The budget session of Odisha Assembly will commence from February 14 with ceremonial address by the Governor, as per an official notification issued on Tuesday. The first phase of the Assembly session will be held from February 14 to February 26, while the second phase will commence from April 1 and continue till April […]

Demolition Work Of Odisha MLA Quarters To Begin Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The demolition process of MLA quarters in front of the State Assembly will begin from tomorrow. As per reports, there are 42 quarters including F-type and R-type which will be demolished along with police station, post office, railway office and Ayurvedic hospital. The structures will be demolished to pave way for construction of a […]

Odisha's subsidy burden ballooned courtesy natural disasters: CAG

Bhubaneswar: Natural disasters have made the subsidy bill of Odisha government soar to a new high in 2017-18. Subsidy expenses on natural disasters had risen by a massive Rs 391 crore. As per CAG report ‘State of Finance’ laid in State Assembly recently, when the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) Act has mandated to […]

Only 27.25 Per Cent Agricultural Land Irrigated In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: During the winter session of the Assembly, Odisha government claimed that 68 per cent of agricultural land in the State is irrigated. However, the facts given by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics on the proportion of the total land irrigated in the State has stirred up a controversy. As per the 2015-16 Agriculture […]

45 Jewellery Shops Raided In 6 Cities In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As many as 45 jewellery shops were raided by the officials of legal metrology under the State food supplies and consumer welfare department in four days between November 22 and 25. The raids were conducted in six cities including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Balasore. As per a statement issued by the Information […]

Odisha Assembly Adjourned Sine Die Ahead of Schedule

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly on Thursday was adjourned sine dine ahead of its schedule. Speaker SN Patro adjourned the winter session of the Assembly which was scheduled to conclude on December 19. Prior to the adjournment, CV Raman Global University Bill was passed in the House today. The current session of the Assembly witnessed ruckus as […]

'Hosting Guests on Govt Funds': Opposition Parties Turn Heat On Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties including the BJP and the Congress on Thursday created ruckus in Odisha Assembly and targeted the State Tourism and Culture Minister, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi for allegedly taking his personal guests to attend the ‘Odisha Tourism Road Show at Hyderabad’ on government expenses. The road show was held on October 4, 2019 and […]

Efforts On To Recover KALIA Money From 45,965 Ineligible Beneficiaries: Minister Arun Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: As many as 45,965 ineligible beneficiaries have been identified to have received financial assistance under the KALIA scheme, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo informed the Odisha Assembly on Wednesday. “Of the total beneficiaries in the State, 45,965 have been identified as ineligible who have received the first instalment under KALIA scheme. Maximum cases have been […]

Odisha Government Going Soft On Mahanadi Dispute: Congress

Bhubaneswar: Targeting Odisha government on the Mahanadi issue, Congress leader Narasingha Mishra today alleged that the state government has changed its stance towards the BJP-led central government. Lambasting the government, Narasingha Mishra said, “Odisha government has accepted the dominion of the Centre. The pre-election intensity and seriousness over the Mahanadi issue election are nowhere to […]

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Jagatsinghpur Girl Committed Suicide Out Of Shame: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: A day after Opposition BJP and Congress legislators created a ruckus in the House demanding a statement from CM Naveen Patnaik on the alleged rape and suicide of a girl in Tentoi village under Naugaon police limits of Jagatsinghpur district, MoS Home Dibyashankar Mishra today in his statement said that the girl ended her […]

Odisha Assembly Passes Supplementary Budget

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly on Monday passed the first supplementary budget of Rs 8,126.32 crore for the 2019-20 financial year after a debate. The supplementary budget was passed in the voice vote allowing the state government to spend Rs 8,126.32 crore from the consolidated fund. With the passage of the supplementary statement of expenditure in […]

6 New IAS Officers Allotted To Odisha Cadre This Year: CM Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Only six new Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers have been allotted to Odisha cadre this year, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Monday. The chief minister said this in a written reply to a question in the Assembly. Patnaik said to run the administration the state government has promoted many senior Odisha Administrative Service […]

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Minister’s Assurance To Odisha Farmers On Behalf Of Govt Or Party: Oppn

Bhubaneswar: A day after Labour Minister Susant Singh and deputy government chief whip Rohit Pujari, announced about relaxation of centralised token system in select areas following a discussion with the agitating farmers in Sambalpur and Bargarh, the Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes with Opposition leaders questioning the motive behind sending both of them for a […]

Over 18,000 People Died In Road Mishaps In Last 4 Years In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Despite a ‘zero tolerance’ approach towards traffic rule violations and massive awareness campaigns, road mishaps continue to claim lives and remain a major headache for the enforcement authorities. As many as 18,683 people were killed in road accidents in the last four years in Odisha, said Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera on Thursday. While replying […]

Odisha Assembly members protest absence of ministers in House

Bhubaneswar: Congress MLAs in Odisha Assembly created ruckus today protesting the absence of ministers during important discussions in the House. The protests erupted when lady PEO, Smitarani Biswal’s death case came up in Odisha Assembly with Senior Congress Leader Narasingha Mishra raising questions on police investigation in the matter. Not finding any ministers of the […]

Congress MLA Blows Flying Kiss To Speaker In Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati evoked peals of laughter in the Assembly on Tuesday when he blew a flying kiss to Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro after being allowed to raise issues faced by his constituency. The Jeypore MLA, who was the first to ask questions in the House, clarified that he did not mean to […]

Odisha Assembly: Congress Demands Law For Protection of Journalists

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over the rising incidents of attacks on working journalists in Odisha, senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra on Monday demanded enactment of a law for protection of scribes. Raising the issue in Odisha Assembly, Mishra said elected people’s representatives are also misbehaving with working journalists which is certainly a matter of concern. “It […]

Over 6,000 Vigilance Cases Registered Against Government Officials: CM Naveen In Assembly

Bhubaneswar: The Vigilance Department has registered cases against 6,817 government officials on several corruption charges, informed Odisha Chief Minister at the State Assembly on Monday. While replying to a written question by MLA Sudhir Samal, Patnaik informed the House that the anti-corruption wing has registered cases against 895 Class –I officers till September 30, 2019. […]

Gandhiji Booklet Row: Error Was Unintentional, Minister Says In Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing hue and cry over Odisha government’s booklet which termed Mahatma Gandhi’s death as an ‘accident’, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today furnished a reply in Odisha Assembly and termed the error and misrepresentation of facts ‘unintentional.’ Dash further informed that show-cause notice has been served to two officials […]

Lady PEO Death: BJP Stages Walkout In Assembly, Deceased Smitarani's Locker Opened

Bhubaneswar: Reiterating for a CBI probe into Haridaspur lady panchayat executive officer (PEO) Smitarani Biswal’s death, BJP MLAs on Saturday staged a silent protest inside Odisha Assembly. Wearing black bands, the saffron party members staged a symbolic protest by standing inside the House. Later, they staged a dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in […]

Gandhiji Booklet Row: Odisha Speaker Directs Minister To Give A Statement In The House By Saturday

Bhubaneswar: With an Odisha government booklet creating hue and cry in the state for describing Mahatma Gandhi’s death as an “accident”, Speaker S N Patro Friday asked the school and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash to give a statement in the House by Saturday. The issue was raised in the Assembly both during the […]

Lady PEO Death Heat Continues In Odisha, BJP Reiterates Demand For CBI probe

Bhubaneswar: The heat over Haridaspur Panchayat Executive Officer (PEO), Smitarani Biswal’s death continued to disrupt proceedings of the ongoing winter session of Odisha Assembly with BJP members on Friday staging a symbolic protest by covering their mouths with black cloth. The saffron party alleged that they are being denied the opportunity to speak and put […]

Cong Ridicules Odisha CM For His Absence During Major Issue

Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress on Thursday took potshots at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for remaining absent in the Assembly during a discussion relating to his home portfolio, referring to his direction to the BJD MLAs to ensure full attendance in the House. Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra made the comment while resenting reply to a […]