Goa Legislative Assembly will meet today for its first full fledged 15 day budget session and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will present the budget on 17th March even as the Opposition is prepared to grill the government on various issues.
The summoning of the full fledged budget session against the usual practice of seeking a vote on account for two months and then passing the budge during the monsoon session has given rise to speculation that the assembly may be dissolved soon after the present session.
In fact, Digambar Kamat is expected to present a populist budget in a bid to woo the voters in the election year which will be justified on grounds that Goa is celebrating the golden jubilee of its joining the country.
In all about 2062 questions – starred and unstarred – will be tabled in the House during this session.
Meanwhile Digambar Kamat asserted that the Right to Education Bill will not be tabled in the House during the current session. This bill has become a bone of contention as educationists and parents have raised various objections to the Right to Education Act enacted by the Centre and which has to be ratified by the State Assemblies.
The main contentious issues are the whole day school and medium of instruction in mother tongue. In Goa, it is argued that most schools do not have the required infrastructure for whole day classes and parents are demanding the right to chose English as the medium of instruction.
He said that if required, a short term session of the Assembly will be convened to discuss the bill before the commencement of the next academic year.