DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The First Winter Session of the Uttarakhand Assembly, which was convened in newly constructed vidhan sabhat at Bharadisain of Gairsain, adjourned sine die by the Speaker on the second day of the session. Ironically house adjourned without having Lokayukta bill, which was tabled in the first session of incumbent Trivendra Singh Rawat led BJP regime and later referrted to high power committee, in the House.
On Friday Kidney racket echoed in the house, opposition raised the issue of alleged extraction of a person’s kidney by State Minister Rekha Arya’s husband without his knowledge. They demanded discussion under rule 58 and to put pressure over the speaker they jumped to the well of the house and disrupted the proceedings of the assembly.
Shouting slogans the Congress members objected to the speaker’s decision to let Rekha Arya explain the position of the Government. The Speaker allowed the Congress MLA Karan Mahra to raise the issue under rule 58 under which work adjournment was sought by the member. Mahra said that one Naresh Gangwar has lodged a police complaint. In which he alleged that Arya’s husband Girdhari Lal Sahu had taken him to Sri Lanka where his kidney was taken away without his consent.
He said that the police are yet to submit status report in the case despite the order of court. Mahra demanded that since the matter is associated with a close relative of a Minister so she should resign which would pave the way for an independent and unbiased probe in the matter.
When the Minister tried to reply, the Congress members objected and demanded discussion on the matter. The Speaker ruled that since Arya is a Minister she can register her reply. However Congress members continued their noisy protest which forced the speaker to adjourn the house till afternoon.
The opposition also demanded discussions on deteriorating law and order situation of the State under rule 310. The Speaker overruled this demand.
During the question hour Congress MLA Mamta Rakesh sought what are the decisions government had taken to implement U -health card scheme for the State Government employees. In his reply, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant said that a decision to deduct 0.75 and 0.50 per cent on basic salary and pension of the employees was taken to provide benefit of cashless medical insurance facility. The Minister said that the task of appointing a nodal officer and Third Party Administrator (TPA) for the scheme is currently under process.
She also asked the issue of pending payment to sugarcane farmers. Pant informed that a payment of Rs 8669.32 lakh is yet to be made to the sugarcane farmers. Independent member Pritam Singh Panwar asked the Government plan for the promotion and upliftment of Garhwali and Kumaoni languages in the State. Pant said that Uttarakhand Bhasha Sansthan and Uttarakhand Lok Bhasha and Boli Academy have been set up in the State for this purpose.
House passes 12 bills during Session and three report tabled
The assembly passed 12 bills which were put before it. The Transfer Bill, the Uttarakhand Appropriation 2017-18 bill, Uttarakhand Aadhaar Bill 2017, Sarai Act 2017, Uttarakhand Cinema Regulation Amendment bill, Uttarakhand Ayurveda University (amendment) and Uttarakhand Shops and Establishment bills were among those passed by the Assembly.