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ASSEMBLY IN SESSIONUproar in House as Speaker gives directions on adjournment motion Truce called between Congress, Opposition shattered
Dehradun, September 20
The truce called between the Congress government and Opposition BJP for the past two days was shattered on the third day of the Uttarakhand Assembly session with the House once again witnessing uproarious scenes and the Opposition creating a pandemonium as Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal gave directions to the government at the end of the adjournment motion on the mid-June natural calamity.

While giving directions to the government, Kunjwal said that he had allowed the adjournment motion brought by the Opposition sensing the gravity of the disaster which had both local and national importance but on a condition that it should not be made a practice. ''The serious discussion that was held for two days should get reflected in the policies. Only with an efficient work culture can we overcome the tragedy,'' said the Speaker.
He directed the government to ensure that the affected people who have been rendered homeless are provided temporary shelters to overcome the harsh winter months.Efforts should start immediately so that the people living in remote areas have a roof over their heads to brave the winter months and later permanent arrangement should be made for them. In case certain villages need rehabilitation to safer places, efforts should be mounted to settle them near their villages, said Kunjwal.
He also directed the government to adopt international technology for construction of roads and bridges. ''New alternative routes should be made for accessing the Char Dham shrines and these should be made safe for travel. The district-level disaster mitigation centres should be strengthened,'' he said.
Earlier, as soon as the House assembled in the morning, the Leader of the Opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly Ajay Bhatt raised the demand of extending the House to two more days, which led to heated discussions between the Opposition and treasury benches.
With the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hriyadesh, saying that as there was no business for the government to attend to there was no point in extending the session. However, the Opposition benches persisted with their demand.
In the pandemonium Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna who was to reply to the adjournment motion and present the government's point of view was prevented from doing so.
Since morning the House was adjourned five times. This prevented the Chief Minister from presenting the steps taken by the government during and after the disaster. Though Minister for Disaster Management Yashpal Arya presented the government's point of view, he was cut short by the Opposition MLAs, so much so that MLA Sanjay Gupta snatched the paper which was being read from the minister's hand and then along with the BJP MLA reached the well of the House raising slogans against the government. Paper missiles were flung at the Speaker and in the din the remaining business of the House was completed. 


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