Opposition BJP stages walkout from Assembly

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Dharamlal Kaushik

Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly witnessed uproar over the issue of placement agency not depositing over Rs 5 crore in the government accounts, causing huge loss to the state exchequer.

During Question Hour of the House on Wednesday, BJP MLA Narayan Chandel raised question as to why the placement agency was not depositing the amount obtained from liquor sales. In reply, Excise Minister Kawasi Lakhma said that a sum of Rs 5.23 crore has not been deposited in Mahasamund district for the financial year 2018-19, due to the negligence of the bank management.

Chandel tried to corner the government saying that when there are so many nationalised banks in the state then why the money being deposited in a private bank. The government could deposit the amount in the Chhattisgarh Gramin Bank, he said.

Lakhma said that the private bank was included in the government’s list of banks and deposit of money in the private bank was initiated by the then BJP government. Meanwhile, the private bank has been blacklisted, but the case has not been resolved after the private bank moved the court. If the bank has a guaranteed amount and it will be deducted if required, said the Minister.

Dharamjeet Singh

Amid the heated argument, JCC-J MLA Dharamjeet Singh asked as to why Minister Lakhma was so sympathetic to the private bank. If the Minister ensure government fund is deposited in nationalized banks.

Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik said that the government causing harm to itself in the entire matter and demanded action on the placement agency owner. The Leader of Opposition said that whenever a placement agency create nuisance, action is taken on the employee, why the owner of the placement agency is not punished in this case.

Dissatisfied with the reply of the Minister, BJP MLAs staged walkout from the House.

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