Chit fund scam rocks Assembly

Published: 25th August 2013 11:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2013 11:12 AM   |  A+A-

The Assembly witnessed noisy scenes over the chit fund scam with the Opposition demanding a discussion on the issue in the House on Saturday even as Deputy Speaker Sananda Marandi fixed Monday for the debate.

In the face of the Opposition onslaught, the BJD members countered by demanding that a motion should be passed to condemn the delay by the Centre in revising the royalty on minerals which resulted in loss of ` five crore daily for the State.

As soon as the question hour started, Congress members rushed to the well shouting slogans demanding a discussion on the notice for adjournment motion given by them. The House had to be adjourned from 10.33 am to 11.30 am as the situation did not improve despite the Deputy Speaker’s request to the members to return to their seats.

As the House reassembled, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh wanted to know why the Deputy Speaker did not allow the discussion. Alleging that ruling party politicians including ministers and MLAs had promoted the chit fund companies which defrauded poor people of crores of rupees, Singh said the BJD is avoiding a discussion to cover up the scam.

Even as the Congress members continued slogan shouting in the well, deputy chief whip Sanjay Dasburma said a motion should be brought in the House against the Centre for neglecting the State by delaying revision of royalty on minerals. He said though the study group constituted by the Centre had submitted its report in June, 2012, the royalty is yet to be revised as a result of which the State has suffered a loss Rs 2500 crore till now.

Several other BJD members including Prafulla Chandra Ghadei, Pradip Maharathi, Bed Prakash Agarwal and Amar Prasad Satpathy supported Dasburma’s proposal.

KV Singhdeo (BJP), however, said his party would not support Dasburma’s proposal for passing a motion against the Centre on the issue of revision royalty. Last time also a unanimous resolution was passed in the House on the special category state (SCS) demand, but the BJD politicised the issue by running to New Delhi without consulting the opposition political parties, he said.

Singhdeo’s party colleagues wanted to know comparative study on funds from mining invested in Western and Costal Odisha. As the noisy scenes continued, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House again till 12.14 pm.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp