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Speaker: Unprecedented security for assembly session

nprecedented security arrangements are being made for the ensuing session of the State Legislative Assembly scheduled to begin from December 1.

Briefing the media about the arrangements for the session, Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar on Tuesday stated that the Special Protection Force would be deployed for the assembly security. As many as 24 CC-TV cameras would be installed on permanent basis at strategic locations of the assembly building. Further, all the MLAs would be provided with RFID-enable cards for easy identification.

The Speaker said that the SPF might be given the responsibility of assembly security on permanent basis and an Assistant Commissioner of Police rank official would be heading the security arrangements.

The Speaker said that the assembly’s Business Advisory Committee would meet at 12 noon on Wednesday to decide the session’s duration and agenda. He informed that as many as nine bills would be introduced during the session which includes the Andhra Pradesh Land Licensed Cultivators Act. He said he was in receipt of a letter from the Praja Rajyam Party about their merger with the Congress party. However, since a few more processes are required for the formalisation of merger, the PRP MLAs would continue with the present seating arrangements in the House. He sought the cooperation of all political parties for the smooth conduct of House.

Nadendla Manohar said that efforts were being made to make the proceedings of legislative assembly 100 per cent paperless. However, the MLAs would be allowed to carry their laptops inside the House from this session onwards. He said the paperless assembly is being mooted to save trees and environment.

The Speaker announced that the assembly’s news website would be launched on January 15. The new website will have assembly constituency-wise details of ration cards, pensions, housing, scholarships, Rajiv Arogyasiri and NREGS. He said the lists would be accessible to the general public. Further, efforts are being made to upload all the proceedings of the State Legislative Assembly till date on the website. In addition, the video recordings available since 1996 will also be uploaded on the proposed website, he said.

Speaking about the resignations, Nadendla Manohar said that the decision to accept or reject the resignations was made as per the rules and regulations. He refused to divulge details of what transpired between him and the MLAs when they were summoned for clarifications. Stating that he knew his job well, Manohar said that the resignations were accepted or rejected as per the prescribed norms.

Regarding disqualification of MLAs, the Speaker said that it was long process and therefore, decision could not be given in a short period. Citing an example, he said the disqualification procedure for TDP MLA N Prasanna Kumar Reddy went on for over two years and on four occasions, his statements was video-recorded.

The Speaker said that all the assembly committees including the Public Accounts Committee would be constituted after the end of ensuing assembly session. (INN)

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