Congress walked out of Odisha Assly demanding more sub divisions
The Opposition Congress members in the Odisha Assembly today walked out of the House after state Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patro ruled out creation of any new sub-division in the state whil ereplying to a question.
The problem cropped up when the House was discussing a question of Mr Santosh Singh Saluja (Cong) who wanted to know how many new Sub-Divisions will be opened in the districts.
Mr Patro, in his reply to the original question and a number of supplementaries raised by both opposition and treasury bench members, said at present there was no proposal to open any new Sub-division in the state.
The government, he said, would open new Sub-Divisions when the Revenue Administration would feel the necessity.
The Congress members then walked out of the House expresisng their disatisfication over the reply of the minister. They, however, participated in the business of the House during zero hour.
The members from the opposition and treasury bench argued that there was need of new Sub-Divisions after the number of districts were increased in the state to provide better service to the people.
Mr Pradip Maharathy (BJD) suggested to constitute a committee under the Chairmanship of the Speaker to decide the number of sub-Divisions to be opened.
Mr Amar Prasad Satpathy (BJD) wanted to know the recommendations of the R K Das Commission constituted to recommend for the reorganisation of the districts and sub -divisions.
Several members, including Mr Ananta Das(BJD), Pratap Sarangi(IND), Amar Prasad Satpathy(BJD) and Santosh Singh Saluja(CONG) demanded for opening up of new Sub-Divisions in their areas.
Mr Patro said the number of district was increased from 13 to 30 during the Biju Patnaik government. The present government, he said, has increased the number of Tahasils from 177 to 317.
He said during the last 20 years only one new Sub-division was opened at Birmaharajpur.
The Minister said the government would take a decision on the opening up of new Sub-Divisions only after examining the report of the commission, and considering the demand of people.