Winter session of state assembly begins today

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Panaji/Margao : The four-day winter session of the state legislative assembly will commence on Monday, with the customary address of the Governor to the House on its opening day.

This session will strictly follow all COVOD-related guidelines;  no visitors, including school students, will be allowed for this session.

The opening day of the session will also witness tabling of the obituary references as well as the report of the business advisory committee of the House.

The House will not meet on January 26, as it is a Republic Day holiday.

The remaining three days of the session will have discussion on the motion of thanks for Governor’s address, besides the Question Hour and the Zero Hour.

During these three days, the House will also take up government as well as private members’ bills; there are four private members’ bills before the House, besides six government bills.

The last day of this assembly session will take up private members’ resolutions. The House will also discuss the second batch of the supplementary demands for grants.

The legislature secretariat has received altogether 751 questions from the MLAs, including 195 starred and 556 unstarred questions for this session, to be taken up during the Question Hour.

The Goa Forward Party said that it will move a bill for strengthening the Lokayukta as also a bill on reservation of 80 per cent of employment in the private sector to locals.

GFP president Vijai Sardesai on Sunday said that he will move a bill to strengthen the Lokayukta.

“I will move a private member’s bill to strengthen the institution of the Lokayukta. The government’s attempts to dilute the powers of the Lokayukta came as no surprise since the former Lokayukta had passed several orders against various misdeeds of the current government such as the ‘labour gate’ scandal and the beach dustbin scam, which revealed the rampant corruption in the Sawant government,” he said.

The private member’s bill aims to ensure that the report of the Lokayukta will be binding on the government, and that state functionaries should act within a stipulated period of one month, he said.

The GFP will also move a bill to reserve 80 per cent of employment in the private sector to locals.

Sardesai said that he will raise in the assembly issues pertaining to the government’s stand on the national education policy, the house building allowance and “failure” to beautify the Lohia Maidan in Margao.

Sardesai will also raise in the House irregularities as regards tourism promotional events and road shows in other countries as also destruction of ecology.

“The government’s apathy towards sugarcane farmers, freedom fighters, traditional motorcycle pilots, local taxi owners, COVID warriors, as well as the failure to provide a stimulus package to the marginalised sector during the pandemic will also be raised by the GFP along with our other Opposition colleagues,” Sardesai said.