Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: The opposition parties including National Conference and Congress on Thursday staged walk out from the lower house in the J&K Legislature to protest against what they called the defunct administrative units in the state.
As soon as the house resumed its business in the morning, the opposition members led by NC’s Devender Singh Rana raised the issue of defunct administrative units.
“Activate Jandrah tehsil and Nagrota sub-division; activate tehsil Bishnah, activate sub-division Qaimoh,” the NC and Congress members raised the banners.
Rana had a verbal duel with Speaker with former asking the latter to enter the house first seeking permission from government. “You should seek permission from Veeri sahab before coming to this house,” Rana told the speaker Kavinder Gupta who shared a smile.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Revenue, A R Veeri told the house that he will in detail talk about these issues when grants for revenue will be taken up in the house. Unsatisfied by the government response, the NC and Congress members walked out of the house at 10:08 am.
However, the ministers are continued responding to the questions by. Independent legislators, Er Rasheed, raised the issue of some officers in PHE department saying some JEs were not joining the office.
“You have become the laughing stock,” Rasheed told the PDP MLAs who were laughing at his demand.
Rasheed’s demand was endorsed by PDP minister for Horticulture, Basharat Bukhari, who told the house that MLA Langate was right. “I too know this issue and necessary steps should be taken,” he told the speaker.