Opp walks out of Assam Assembly over NREGA implementation issue

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Guwahati, Nov 14 (UNI) The Opposition today staged a walkout of the Assam Assembly after being dissatisfied with Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Chandan Brahma's reply regarding distribution of job cards under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

In reply to Independent MLA Dr Tara Prasad Das's question, Mr Brahma informed the House that 13 districts had so far been covered under the NREGA in two phases and 10,596 job cards distributed in Barpeta district.

However, Opposition legislators alleged that the job cards being given were not adequate and there was inordinate delay in distribution.

Speaker T B Rai tried to pacify the agitated MLAs and suggested that the minister concerned could provide a detailed paper on the provisions and incentives of the NREGA to all the MLAs as the Act was being expanded to all the districts of the state.

Leader of Opposition Chandramohan Patowary of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) demanded an inquiry into the allegations leveled by the MLAs of his party.

A section of the Opposition, including the AGP, AGP(Progressive), Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) and the Left parties, later walked out of the House.

The Speaker asked Mr Brahma to make a statement on the issues raised by the Opposition in the Assembly on November 16, the last day of the session.

The treasury bench criticised the Opposition's walk-out and said such tactics prevented meaningful debate.

Independent MLA Jiten Das, participating in the debate, urged the setting up of a proper mechanism for implementation of the NREGA.

UNI

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