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House passes Odisha Appropriation Bill, 2017

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Bhubaneswar: The budget session of the State Legislative Assembly ended abruptly on Friday after enacting the Appropriation Bill 2017 which authorizes the State Government  to spend Rs 1,06,911 crore earmarked in the budget of 2017-18 fiscal.

After passing the bill, the proposal for adjourning the House sine die had been moved by treasury benches which quoted no other business to transact as a reason the budget session was prematurely concluded.

However, the Budget Session was held in two phases, the first phase was commenced on February 22 and concluded on March 4. The second phase commenced on March 14 and ended up on March 31 without transacting business for three sittings.

The House sat for 24 sittings during which three bills were placed and two bills were passed. On the other hand, 29 statements were made and 51 committee reports were presented. Besides, a resolution seeking enhancement of paddy MSP was also passed by the Assembly unanimously.

The session remained stormy with ruling party and opposition leaders raised various issues to take on each other.

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