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Odisha Assembly was today adjourned twice following commotion by the Opposition Congress over delay in appointment of Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: 26/3/18;The Odisha Assembly was today adjourned twice following commotion by the Opposition Congress over delay in appointment of Lokayukta and implementation of Odisha Lokayukta Act in the state.

The issue was raised in the Assembly during Zero Hour by the Leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress. “We want to know why the government has not so far appointed a Lokayukta and implemented the Odisha Lokayukta Act even though the Bill got President’s assent before 2015,” Mishra said.

Noting that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced to implement the Odisha Lokayukta Act within six months of getting President’s nod, the Leader of opposition wanted to know the reason behind the delay.

Mishra also said that as per the provision of the new Act, the old Odisha Lokpal Act should remain in force. “But, there is no appointment of a Lokpal according to the old Act also,” he said adding that the post of Lokpal remained vacant for the past four years.

The Congress leader said that he had raised the same issue at least a dozen time in the Assembly, but the government did not reply. “What is the point of raising the issue if the government does not reply,” he said.

The Congress MLAs led by party’s chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati rushed to the well of the House and demanded a clarification from the chief minister. As some of them attempted to climb on the Speaker’s podium and started shouting slogans in well, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House till 12.30 pm.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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