Delay in informing about death of former members irks Speaker

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Nagpur, Nov 19 (UNI) Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar today said he had taken serious note of the delay by the administration in informing the Legislature Secretariat about the death of former members of the House.

The issue came up when the House was paying obituary references to former members who had passed away, including Maltibai Wamanrao Joshi, who expired more than five years ago on May 1, 2002, in Amravati in Vidarbha region of the state.

As soon as Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had moved the resolution condoling the death of Ms Joshi and six other members, Girish Bapat (BJP) brought the delay to the notice of the Speaker, and wanted to know the reasons for the same. Mr Bapat said there had been similar occurrences earlier also.

Mr Kupekar said, the District Collector concerned had informed him the delay had been 'inadvertent.' Strict instructions had already been issued to officials concerned to avoid such delays and these would be issued again, he said. Officials would be instructed to take precautions to avoid recurrences henceforth, the Speaker said.

Later, speaking on the condolence resolution, Wamanrao Chatap (SBP) urged the Speaker to initiate strict action against the official concerned for the delay in informing the Legislature Secretariat about Ms Joshi's death. The delay was unfortunate because Ms Joshi had expired on May 1, the anniversary of the foundation of Maharashtra state, he said.

At this juncture, Mr Chatap tried to raise an issue about which he and some other members had submitted a letter to the Speaker's office earlier, but Mr Kupekar denied him permission.


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