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Speaker asks Agriculture Minister to present details on sapling scam

17/09/2018 at 3:31 PM

 

Bhubaneswar: Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat today asked Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy to present details on the alleged sapling scam.

The Speaker’s direction came after Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra raised the issue in the zero hour in the House today.

Today, the Assembly adjourned thrice as opposition created ruckus demanding Chief Minister’s statement in the sapling scam in the Agriculture Department.

Notably, the State Assembly was adjourned first adjourned till 11.30 am and again from 11.55 am till 12.10 pm and then till 12.25 pm as Opposition Congress and BJP members trouped into the Well of the House and kept demanding a statement from the Chief Minister on all allegations of corruption in the Agriculture Department.

Raising the issue during the zero hour, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said while the department Minister has admitted in the House that the Assistant Director of Horticulture, Mayurbhanj has misappropriated public money to the tune of Rs 17.33 core, it is disappointing that no stringent action was taken against him.  He was merely suspended and then reinstated.

Meanwhile, sources said the House is running smoothly after the Speaker asked the Minister to present details on the alleged scam in the ongoing Monsoon session of the Assembly.

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