रविवार, 5 जुलाई 2015

Days devoted for Sitting of Odisha Assembly

Days devoted for Sitting of Odisha Legislative Assembly- A Hopeless Trend

Parliament or State Assemblies are viewed as temple of Indian Democracy. The hope and aspiration of the people are reflected in these democratic bodies. The Members of the Parliament and   State Assemblies not only debate and discourse on various issues  affecting the people but also  make  plan  and programme  for  the prosperity  of the country. So frequent sitting of the Assemblies or Parliament is highly required for    development of the state and enriching   the democracy.

Let us come to the context of Odisha Legislative Assembly. As per the norm fixed by the OLA, minimum days fixed for sitting of Assembly is 60 days. RTI Application was submitted seeking information about number of days devoted for sitting of the Odisha Legislative Assembly under Nabin Patnaik Govt.  from 2004 to 2014. On 1.7.15, the PIO, Office   of Odisha Legislative Assembly has supplied the following information. Every year, the number of days fixed for a particular assembly session got reduced by the Govt.  due to various reasons.

Year
Date of Sitting
No. of days devoted for sitting
Remarks
From
To
2004
3.2.2004
5.2.2004
3
---
Do
30.6.2004
7.8.2004
31
Increased for one day
Do
1.11.2004
6.11.2004
6
---
Do
3.12.2004
28.12.2004
18
Reduced for 5 days



58 days

2005
28.2.2005
6.4.2005
25 days
Reduced for one day
Do
1.8.2005
12.8.2005
10
---
Do
21.11.2005
8.12.2005
14
Reduced for 11 days



49 days

2006
3.2.2006
5.4.2006
32
----
Do
31.7.2006
12.8.2006
12
----
Do
13.11.2006
30.11.2006
16
--



60 days

2007
21.3.2007
2.4.2007
09
---
Do
1.6.2007
13.7.2007
24
---
Do
19.11.2007
29.11.2007
09
Reduced for 18 days



42 days

2008
13.2.2008
31.3.2008
25
Reduced for two  days
Do
20.8.2008
29.8.2008
08
----
Do
26.11.2008
20.12.2008
19
Reduced for  8 days



52 days

2009
9.2.2009
14.2.2009
6
---
Do
Special session

1
--
Do
8.6.2009
30.7.2009
28
Increased for one day
Do
18.11.2009
5.12.2009
15
Reduced for 11 days



50 days

2010
8.3.2010
17.3.2010
8
---
Do
22.6.2010
7.8.2010
28
---
Do
23.11.2010
22.12.2010
24
---



60 days

2011
14.2.2011
8.4.2011
31
--
Do
17.8.2011
27.8.2011
10
---
Do
9.12.2011
24.12.2011
13
Reduced for 6 days



54 Days

2012
21.2.2012
7.4.2012
29
--
Do
28.8.2012
7.9.2012
10
---
Do
27.11.2012
22.12.2012
21
---



60 Days

2013
14.2.2013
6.4.2013
30
--
Do
20.8.2013
27.8.2013
7
---
Do
28.11.2013
16.12.2013
15
Reduced for 8 days



52 Days

2014
3.2.2014
14.2.2014
9
---
Do
12.6.2014
28.7.2014
25
---
Do
20.11.2014
5.12.2014
14
 Reduced for 12 days



48 Days


Remarks
A.   Odisha Assembly has not been allowed to sit more than 60 days by the Nabin Patnaik Govt. from 2004 to 2014.

B.    Every year (except 2006, 2010 and 2012), the number of days of the sitting of the assembly has got reduced by the Govt.   which has created bad precedent  in the state.

C.    The State Govt.  has  succeeded  to reduce the days of the sitting of assembly  because  of  their brute majority  in the assembly, arbitrary  attitude, intolerant to opinion of the opposition and little respect to the  Opposition  parties. 

Pradip Pradhan, M-9937843482, Date- 5.7.15

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