Odisha Assembly Budget Session from tomorrow, security tightened

Bhubaneswar: Security has been tightened and patrolling intensified in the city for the Budget Session of the Assembly beginning from Tuesday.

As many as 27 platoons of forces and 100 officers have been pressed into service and security arrangements have been beefed up across the city including, key junctions leading to the Assembly.

The entire Mahatma Gandhi Marg (MGM) stretch has been put under CCTV surveillance.

DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma, Intelligence Director Sunil Roy and Commissioner of Police YB Khurania and Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi today visited the Assembly premises and took stock of the security arrangements in the presence of senior police and intelligence officials on Sunday.

The Budget Session of the Assembly will be held in two phases.

According to the schedule, Governor Dr SC Jamir will address the House on the first day of the session on Tuesday. Finance Minister Shashi Bhushan Behera will present the Annual Budget for the year 2017-18 on March 23. 

However, the House will pass a vote-on-account for a month's budget as the House is meeting late. Passing of vote-on-account is needed for payment of salary to Government employees and running ongoing projects. The vote-on-account is likely to be passed on March 30.

The first phase of the House will run till March 31. The second phase is schedule to start from April 11 and end on May 5.

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