Raj Assembly adjourned sine die amid dramatic boycott by Cong

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Jaipur, Jul 17 (UNI) Amid a dramatic boycott by Opposition Congress, the Rajasthan Assembly was today adjourned sine die after a four-day special session.

The brief session, the last of the present 12th house ahead of the assembly elections later this year, concluded with ceremonial thanks givingspeeches by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Speaker Sumitra Singh.

As soon as the House finished the concluding day's scheduled business, the Speaker said since today was the last sitting of the present assembly, the session would conclud by thanksgiving speeches by herself, the Chief Minsiter and any Opposition Member on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition.

The Opposition Congress was not prepared for the situation and some remarks from the Treasury Benches members, including Parliamentary Afffairs Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore, made them unhappy and the party suddenly announced its resolve to boycott the further proceedings in the House and walked out.

Later, delivering the speeches in the absence of the Opposition, the Chief Minister and the Speaker rounded off the activities and achievements of the Assembly during its term and thanked all for their cooperation.

The special session, was mainly aimed at passage of Reservation Bill on reservation to SCs, STs, OBCs, newly-created Special Backward Class and Economically Bakward Classes(EBCs).

Besides, the House also passed six more Bills during this brief session since July 14.

Today prior to adjournment, the House passed the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (Officers and Members Emoluments and Pension) Amendment Bill, 2008, to effect a hike in medical treatment expenses payable to pensioner members.

As per the Bill, the amount reimbursable to the pensioner members on account of medical treatment has now been increased to Rs 8,000 per annum from Rs 5,000 per annum to members up to the age of 75 years and Rs 12,000 per annum to pensioner members above the age of 75 years.

The eligible pensioners would also be having an option of receiving a medical allowance of Rs 200 per month for all outdoor treatment, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said while piloting the Bill for approval of the House.

The Bill had been brought on recommendation of Rajasthan Governor S K Singh, Mr Rathore told the House.

Besides, the House also passed the Rajasthan Universities Teachers (Absorption of Temporary Teachers) Bill, 2008, paving the way for regularisation of service of around 300 university teachers who have been working for over 20 years or so.

The House also passed the Rajasthan Universities Laws(Amendment) Bill to bring uniformity in various universities acts, usher in better financial discipline and administrative atmosphere.

Before adjournment, the house also passed Rajasthan Para Medical Council(Amendment) Bill 2008 by voice vote. The Opposition Congress had demand a division over the Bill but they did not press the demand on advise from the Speaker.

Speaker Singh told the House that during its full term the assembly had passed a total of 96 Bills, returned two and referred two Bills to the Select Committee.

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