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Heavy agenda for assembly session
By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, DEC. 14. The Winter session of the Delhi Assembly beginning on December 18 will be used by the ruling party to extract maximum political mileage if the business listed on the agenda is any indication. The Business Advisory Committee, which met on Thursday, short-listed the business to be taken up during the four-day session.

The Speaker, Chaudhary Prem Singh, said a total of 298 questions had been received, of which 236 have been accepted. In addition, information regarding 10 motions under Rule 107 had been received from the Members. In all 22 notices were received for short duration discussion on various subjects. The Business Advisory Committee consists of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, Ms. Kiran Chaudhary, Chief Whip of Congress, Mr. Mangat Ram Singhal, Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely, MLA, Secretary Vidhan Sabha, Mr.S.K. Sharma and Mr. Nand Kishore Garg of BJP.

Chaudhary Prem Singh said that on December 18, a short duration discussion on ``Alleged falling standards of Education in Delhi'' has been listed. On December 19, the House will take up discussion on ``Privatisation of DVB and the situation arising out of the issue of inflated electricity bills'' and on December 20, at will discuss ``Rampant corruption in MCD and DDA''.

The Speaker said that December 21, being the Private Member's Day, notices were received for 25 resolutions. Two have been selected after balloting. One is by Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely (Cong) on construction of ramps for disabled persons in all Delhi Government offices. The second one is by Mr. Nand Kishore Garg (BJP) on privatisation of DVB. One resolution of Mr. Jile Singh Chauhan (Cong) which was introduced during the Monsoon session, regarding basic facilities to the JJ dwellers, is pending and would be taken up this time.

He also informed that notices have been received for seven Private Members Bills which include the Delhi Beautification Bill 2001, The Delhi Compulsory Registration of Security Agencies Bill, 2001, The Delhi Lok Ayukta and Up Lokayukta (Second Amendment) Bill, 2001 all by Mr. Mukesh Sharma (Cong). Mr. Lovely has given notice for introduction of The Special Education Facilities (For Children of parent Living Below Poverty Line) Bill, 2001 and The Delhi Water Board (Amendment) Bill, 2001. Apart from this notice has been received for introduction of The Delhi Reservation for Other Backward Classes in Committees and Self-employment Schemes Bill, 2001 and The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (Amendment) Bill 2001 by Mr. Bhisham Sharma (Cong).

Chaudhary Prem Singh urged members to utilise the four-day session to highlight the problems of the people and their own constituencies so that a viable solution could be found.

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