Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 16:
The Odisha Assembly during Question Hour today witnessed an unusual and unpleasant scene with a senior Minister and a former Minister of the BJD engaging in a duel of words.
Former Minister Surya Narayan Patra raised the issue of Cooperation Minister Damodar Rout giving a statement in the media recently that the Registrar of Cooperative Societies was not listening to his orders for restoration of defunct cold storages for storing potatoes and he had no control over the officer.
“Recently he had stated before the media that ten cold storages of his department are defunct and registrar of the department was not listening to him and not issuing tender calls. The departmental secretary is the custodian of the department and the chief secretary is the custodian of all departments. Minister is the policy executor. Chief Minister’s Cabinet is the policy executor. I would like to ask the Minister on the basis of his statement published in the media whether he has taken any initiative to initiate departmental proceedings against the concerned registrar? Or has he written to the Chief Minister or the chief secretary in this regard?” asked Patra drawing attention of the Chair.
“An urban cooperative bank was established in Chhatrapur in the year 1915. The same bank was liquidated in 2015 and its license was cancelled when he (Patra) was the district chief. Instead of pondering about his (Patra) own efficiency he is trying to embarrass me here on something which I had said before the media. Please listen. I can understand your intention, I have never allowed anyone to fulfill his motive,” said Cooperation Minister Damodar Rout in his reply to Patro.
“Remember, I know why he told this. Come to my office I will show you what has happened,” blurted out a visibly irritated Rout hinting at Patra.
It may be recalled here that Rout had told the media on March 11 that the registrar of cooperative societies was not heeding to his orders as we reported here.