The Budget Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly will commence from February 22, 2021, as per a notification issued by Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Principal Secretary Chandrashekhar Gangrade on Thursday. The Budget Session will comprise a total of twenty-four sittings and will continue till March 26, 2021.
Governor Anusuiya will address the Members of the Assembly followed by tabling of Thanksgiving Proposal on the Governor’s Address in the House. During the Budget Session, both financial affairs and government affairs will be undertaken. There will be no business on February 27 and 28, March 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 20 and 21 owing to Shivaratri and weekend holidays.
The notification reads that there will be Question Hour on all twenty-three days starting from February 23 along with works pertaining to financial and government affairs. On every Friday, during the Session, a time-slot of two and a half hours has been fixed for non-government affairs. The House will adhere to restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.
The state government is likely to introduce budget demand proposals for the Third Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2020-21. After passing of the Second Supplementary Budget worth over Rs 2,387 crore, the size of the total state budget had increased to Rs 1,09,101 crore for the financial year 2020-21. Now after the Third Supplementary Budget the size would likely to increase up to 1.11 lakh crore.
It is expected that the proceedings of the Budget Session will be chaotic keeping in mind Oppositions preparing for raising several burning issues.
Starting from farmers’ suicide allegedly due to damage of their standing crops by insecticides or crop damage due to fake seeds, coal, sand, liquor mafia terror to sale of illicit liquor, mismanagement of COVID-19 pandemic, etc.
The BJP has been continuously alleging that a reign of terror has been unleashed in the state by sand, liquor and land mafia. Along with these issues, the opposition is likely to rake up burning issues like deteriorating law and order situation, irregularities in paddy procurement, harassment against farmers during paddy procurement coupled with distribution of MSP arrears and delay in paddy procurement payment schedule, sloppy handling of COVID-19 situation, distribution of food grains to poor and needy people during the pandemic, conditions at COVID Hospitals, by which the opposition will be trying to corner the ruling Congress government during the forthcoming Budget Session. At the same time the Treasury benches will also gear up for countering the opposition onslaught.