7-days Himachal Assembly Monsoon session to begin tomorrow

The seven day Monsoon session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly will begin tomorrow at the council Chamber here. On the first day of the monsoon session, the house would pay obituaries to reference to the late Mr Khub Ram, a former member, and also on the demise of 436 people in recent rainfury.

After the question hours, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu would also move a resolution in the house for unanimously recommending the Central Government to declare a recent monsoon rain calamity as a national disaster. Chief Minister would highlight in the resolution that “in view of the massive landslides, damage caused to roads, bridges, drinking water or irrigation schemes, power projects, private or government properties, and life and property due to monsoon in the state, this house strongly recommends to the central government to declare a national disaster. ”

Under rule 130 BJP member Jeet Ram Katwal would also move a motion to discuss in the house dealing with the problem of low voltage in the state and removing the electric wires going over the houses.

During the all-party meeting on Sunday, the Speaker of assembly Mr Kuldeep Singh Pathania also appealed to all the members of the ruling and opposition benches to extend him full cooperation to run the smooth functioning of the monsoon session. In the all-party meeting opposition leader and former chief minister Jairam Thakur, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Harsh Vardhan Chauhan and Chief Parliamentary Secretary  Mohan Lal Brakta were present.

Mr. Pathania said that all the members would use the time of the house judicially to raise issues related to public interest keeping the high tradition and dignity of the house intact  Speaker informed about the agenda of business in the all-party meeting said that all the members would be given sufficient time should participate in the discussion on every important topics and they should contribute the house to find solutions through brainstorming.

Opposition BJP also convened the legislative party meeting at Shimla to choke out the strategy and role of their members as they discussed the issue of rain disaster, relief, and rehabilitation. Mr Thakur after chairing the BLP meeting said that the party would vehemently raise the issue of  ‘ten guarantees’ given by the Congress ten months back during the Assembly election.

Mr Thakur said that the role of the opposition would be constructive as the state is still in the grip of disaster. He said that the party would utilize maximum time to raise the issues of natural disaster and relief prominently in the session.  

Mr Thakur said that party members submitted the queries and gave notices on the issues of farmers and gardeners who have suffered huge losses due to the closure of roads and the rotting of their produce and perishables and vegetables. Mr. Thakur said that the opposition has given notices to discuss the issue related to the damage to houses of thousands of people in the recent rains and demanded to provide plots of land to affected people who lost their houses and land in the disaster. A number of people who were displaced from the damaged and vulnerable houses are still living in the relief camps. Mr Thakur said that the State Government had not identified any land provided to people who were affected by the disaster.

When the ruling Congress is targeting the Narender Modi Government for not extending any special relief package to the state, BLP may defend the latter in the houses targeting the government for failing to open all the roads in time.  

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