Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Assembly adjourned sine die, nine Bills passed during the session

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The Opposition Telugu Desam party continued to disrupt the proceedings of the House on the fourth and last day of the session on Thursday, forcing Assembly Speaker Thammineni Sitaram to give a break to control the situation. The AP Assembly adjourned sine die on Thursday after passing the vote-on-account budget 2024 and Appropriation Bill 2024-25 among others.
The Assembly started 15 minutes late due to the absence of a quorum. The TD legislators pointed out that the YSRC government showed negligence in conducting the Assembly in a disciplined manner and the ruling party MLAs’ absence showed the same. They said that there are a lot of public issues, but the government failed to discuss them in the Assembly and find solutions. They demanded an adjournment motion to discuss the failure of the government to implement the job calendar, which was turned down by Speaker Sitaram. The TD legislators rushed to the well and further to the Speaker podium, raised slogans such as ‘Bye-Bye Jagan’. The Speaker and ruling party legislators sought TD MLA to cooperate to run the House, but in vain.
Amidst ruckus, the minister tabled an amendment to the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission Bill and other papers, and the Speaker announced a break to control the situation. Rajendranath Reddy, reacting to the criticism of the Budget by TD leaders, questioned how TD could term the vote-on-account Budget as useless when the majority of allocations are in favour of people and their welfare. The minister maintained that in the Budget, the State government allocated funds for various welfare schemes.
He said that the Opposition leaders were misleading the people on the State debts, stating that the government only borrowed as per the limits prescribed under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM) and other permits.
The Finance Minister stressed that the debts accrued by the YSRC government were lower compared to the TD government. YSRC members welcomed the budget and expressed their approval of the allocations.
Speaker Sitaram announced that the Assembly worked for 10.02 hours in three days in which a total of nine Bills were introduced and passed. Twenty members delivered their speeches. Earlier, the ministers and MLAs rendered wishes to Speaker Sitaram on his birthday.

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