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Odisha Assembly begins with bedlam for third day running but calm returns

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 4: Pandemonium continued to prevail in the Odisha Assembly for the third day of the Monsoon session as opposition Congress created a ruckus.

However, normalcy returned to the House in the post-lunch session following an all-party meeting convened by Speaker S.N. Patro.

As soon as the house assembled for question hour at 10.30 am, Congress legislature party leader Narasingha Mishra raised alleged corruption in the selection process of the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC).

Joining Mishra, other Congress members too raised slogans against the state government on the issue. Unable to run the house, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings till lunch.

As the situation remained the same in the post-lunch session too, he called an all-party meeting.

Meanwhile, both the BJP and Congress indulged in a blame game over the Assembly stalemate.

Speaking to reporters outside the House, BJP chief whip Mahon Majhi alleged there is a deal between the ruling BJD and the Congress to prevent smooth functioning of the House.

“Adjournment of the House directly till 4 p.m. just a minute after the beginning of question hour shows that there was a secret deal between the BJD and Congress to stall the Assembly,” he claimed, adding that neither the government nor the Congress wants to discuss any issue that is the interest of the people of Odisha.

On the other hand, Congress legislator Taraprasad Bahinipati said, “Yesterday, the BJP had raised the Mahanga double murder case and demanded action against minister Pratap Jena. But, today they remained silent. Why they became silent, because, they have nexus with the ruling BJD.”

Responding to the opposition, government chief whip Pramila Mallick said: “There is a lack of coordination between the opposition BJP and Congress parties. One day, Congress brought one issue, on the other day, BJP raised the same issue. However, the government is ready to discuss any issue that is in the interest of the people of Odisha.”

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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