CM appeal paves way for Bill
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 17: A strong appeal from Chief Minister O Ibobi stopped the Opposition from staging a walk out when the Manipur Appropriation Bill number 2 came up for discussion in the Assembly today.

Trouble started when Chief Minister O Ibobi introduced the Bill in the House to be passed, but the Opposition stuck to its gun and said that unless the 'wrong procedures' are rectified they would be constrained to stage a walk out and not participate in the discussion.

There was however no problem in getting the Manipur Appropriation Bill number I passed.

After the Chief Minister, who also holds the Finance portfolio, had introduced the two Bills to be passed in the House, Opposition MLA Dr Nimaichand Luwang raised a point of order and contended that Bill number 2 was full of procedural flaws.

Dr Luwang suggested adjourning the House for some time to discuss the flaws in the Bill and to straighten the errors.

Recalling that the Speaker had vouched by the rules, Dr Luwang said that the flaws are against rules and called for passing the Bill in the right manner.

He said that if the errors are not rectified then the Opposition would oppose the Bill and walk out of the Assembly without participating in the discussion.

Joining in the debate, O Joy said that the Vote on Account is a Budget for four months which is given under a number of major departmental heads.

However the Manipur Appropriation Bill number II has failed to address how much is earmarked for each major head, said O Joy and likened it to a blank cheque.

Giving his opinion, FCS Minister Ph Parijat, said that the Bill was drafted in good faith and appealed to the Opposition to extend their co-operation and get the Bill passed.

It is Parliamentary precedents to pass the Appropriation Bill without much ado since the Demand for Grants have already been passed, Parijat said.

TN Haokip said since numerous demands have been passed it would be in the fitness of things to pass the Bill without much ado.

Stating that the Bill does not violate the rules, Chief Minister O Ibobi however admitted that if there are some marginal errors, efforts would be taken up to see that such errors do not recur.

He also appealed to the Opposition to extend their co-operation and get the Bill passed unanimously.