13 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: From now onwards Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislators will be required to submit a Bi-monthly activity report to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, similar to the ones being submitted by party MPs.
Patnaik gave the directive at the BJD Legislative Party meeting held here today before the commencement of the winter session of the Odisha Assembly.
"You all know that MPs are submitting Bi-monthly activity report to me. Similarly, we would have an MLAs report submitted to me," Patnaik told BJD MLAs at the meeting.
The BJD president has formed a four-member committee with Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Usha Devi, Amar Prasad Satpathy and Kishore Mohanty as members to suggest and frame the reporting format and contents.
Patnaik told his party MLAs that the winter session of the State Assembly is important as the Supplementary Budget would be passed and several important bills will be taken up.
The Chief Minister asked party MLAs to actively participate in debates and categorically told first-time members that he would be watching their performance.
"I would like all the members to punctual and sincere in attending the House. Anyone who needs more than two days' leave will get it sanctioned from me. I am very serious about members attendance this time," the BJD Legislative Party leader told the lawmakers at the meeting.
Patnaik has asked the Government Chief Whip to submit a report by 11.30 AM every day on members' attendance in the House.
BJD Legislative Party should use technology to monitor attendance of members and also to effectively collect materials and participate in the House, he added.
Patnaik reminded his party MLAs that the people of Odisha were their masters and every minute they are in office they should utilize to serve them wholeheartedly and added that the mandate in Patkura and Bijepur bye-elections was again a reminder of how much faith people have in BJD.
He said all should work hard in a transparent and committed manner for the people of the State.
The BJD president told the MLAs that they should encourage constructive criticism by the opposition and be ready to discuss any issue on the floor of the House.