The maiden customary address of newly-appointed Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel to the state Assembly was interspersed by occasional disruptions by principal-opposition Congress members.
Congress legislators protested when the Governor reached the fifth page of her 52-page address and read, “No new liquor shop has been opened in the past seven years. This year 66 liquor shops near the banks of the Narmada River have been closed down.”
Opposition members charged the state government of making untrue statements. Senior Congress member Mukesh Nayak said, “People are forced to travel 10 km for fetching water while liquor is available till 0200 hrs in the night.”
The Governor’s address was disrupted again when she read about the regime’s pilot Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana for providing appropriate price of produce to peasants.
She said that the difference amount from model price of various crops was deposited to their accounts through direct benefit transfer. Opposition members said that proper survey of crop damage by hailstorm is not being carried out.
While Ms Patel mentioned about the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme describing it as the biggest crop insurance scheme, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Bala Bachchan said that peasants are not being provided insurance of crops.
Mr Nayak protested when the Governor said that the dispensation has provided a power subsidy of Rs 9,500 crore to peasants by providing free electricity for agriculture pumps of five Horse Power and other “An amount of Rs 4,500 cr did not go into the subsidy account of farmers but went into the account of electricity companies,” he said.
While Ms Patel mentioned about the regime investing additional Rs 2,800 cr in the Prime Minister Housing Scheme (Rural) apart from the Centre, Congress member Sunderlal Tiwari claimed that rules are being violated by writing the names of the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister on the houses of poor.
Soon after the Governor completed the formality of reading out the last few lines of his address, Congress members started slogan shouting and raising placards demanding complete waiver of loans availed by farmers.
Later, Mr Rameshwar Sharma (BJP) presented motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, which was supported by Mr Kailash Jatav (BJP). As members created noisy scenes, Speaker Sitasaran Sharma said that members intending to move amendment in the motion could do so by 1600 hrs today and scheduled the discussion on the motion of thanks on March 7-8.
With the Governor’s address, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s Budget Session commenced today. The 31-day Session would comprise 18 sittings.