1. Uttarakhand cabinet to convene special Assembly session on budget

Uttarakhand cabinet to convene special Assembly session on budget

The state Cabinet of Uttarakhand has decided to convene a special two-day session of the state Assembly from July 4.

By: | Dehradun | Published: June 21, 2016 7:20 PM
Harish Rawat CM Harish Rawat had recently written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking release of the state’s budget to Uttarakhand. (PTI)

Amid the uncertainty over the fate of Uttarakhand’s budget, the state Cabinet has decided to convene a special two-day session of the state Assembly from July 4.

The decision was taken by the state Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Harish Rawat late last evening, Chief Secretary Shatrughna Singh said.

Though the agenda for the special two-day session of the state Assembly has not been decided yet, it is believed that efforts will be made to end the uncertainty over the fate of state’s annual budget.

The Cabinet arrived at a consensus that the Centre should be requested again to release the state’s budget, the Chief Secretary said.

Singh was also assigned the task of seeking a legal opinion on adopting a new budget.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat had recently written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking release of the state’s budget to Uttarakhand.

Uncertainty over the budget has been prevailing ever since the political crisis began in Uttarakhand on March 18, when 35 members of the State Assembly sought a division of votes on the appropriation bill on the state’s budget totalling Rs 40,422.20 crore.

State Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal declared the budget as passed but Central ministers have been making claims to the contrary.

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