Bhubaneswar: The two-day deadlock in the State Assembly over the drought package issue came to an end on Friday after Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Surya Narayan Patro admitted certain disparities in his statements on number of villages affected and the crop damage caused due to the calamity.
The Congress and BJP had stalled the Assembly for two days after accusing Patro of misleading the House by giving varying statement and that too when the House was in session.
Earlier leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh and others had demanded Patro’s resignation for giving false reports to the House. Singh’s demand of resignation was supported by the BJP.
Following the allegation laid by the Opposition parties, Speaker, Pradip Kumar Amat in his ruling on Thursday had asked Patro to give a clarification in the House on Friday.
Clarifying the questions raised by the Opposition, Patro in his statement said that on December 15, 2011 he had given the number of possible drought-hit villages on the basis of eye estimation report of crop loss while his February 22, 2012 statement was based on the actual crop cutting report submitted by District Collectors.
Most importantly, Patro assured that he would again conduct a meeting to discuss the points raised by the Opposition party members. “My intention was not to disrespect the House or its members”, Patro said.