House ses­sion from Mar 16, bud­get date not yet de­cided

CABI­NET MEET Siso­dia slams chief secy on ra­tion de­liv­ery scheme

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

NEWDELHI: The Delhi Assem­bly’s bud­get ses­sion will be held from March 16 to 28, deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia said on Tues­day. The deputy chief min­is­ter, how­ever, did not spec­ify when the bud­get for 2018-19 will be pre­sented.

The de­ci­sion was taken in a cabi­net meet­ing chaired by CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal. Chief sec­re­tary An­shu Prakash, fi­nance sec­re­tary SN Sa­hai and home sec­re­tary Manoj Ku­mar Parida were present in the meet­ing.

This was Prakash’s first meet­ing with Ke­jri­wal af­ter he al­leged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs as­saulted him in a meet­ing at CM’s res­i­dence on Fe­bru­ary 19.

“Bud­get will be pre­sented in this ses­sion and its date will be de­cided af­ter a meet­ing of the Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee of the House,” Siso­dia, who also holds the fi­nance port­fo­lio, told re­porters.

The ses­sion will be­gin with the ad­dress of lieu­tenant gover­nor Anil Bai­jal.

“A meet­ing of the Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee will be con­vened af­ter the House is sum­moned. The bud­get is likely to be pre­sented af­ter March 19,” a Delhi gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said. Last year, it was tabled on March 8. The of­fi­cial said a bill to reg­u­late pri­vate hos­pi­tal ser­vices may be in­tro­duced in this ses­sion.

Siso­dia crit­i­cised the chief sec­re­tary for not do­ing any­thing to re­solve prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with de­liv­ery of ra­tion.

On a pilot ba­sis, the Delhi gov­ern­ment had in Jan­uary this year started the de­liv­ery of ra­tion through point of sale de­vices (POS) at ra­tion shops across the city, which re­quires ben­e­fi­cia­ries to have an Aad­haar card.

Af­ter com­plaints of cit­i­zens not get­ting ra­tion, the gov­ern­ment al­lowed dis­tri­bu­tion of ra­tion with­out Aad­haar.

Siso­dia said that in the last cabi­net meet­ing, the CS was directed to probe vi­o­la­tions in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the POS sys­tem in de­liv­ery of ra­tion.

“The CS did noth­ing in these two mat­ters in the past one week. The cabi­net ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the CS’s in­ac­tion in this con­nec­tion,” Siso­dia said.

The Cabi­net Tues­day directed Prakash to probe the mat­ter and sub­mit a re­port in two weeks. He has also been asked to pre­pare a pro­posal on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the doorstep de­liv­ery of ra­tion and sub­mit it on March 1.

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