History was created today in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly when only female members were allowed to speak during a discussion on budgetary demands for the Women and Child Development Department even as Ms Archana Chitnis adorned the Speaker’s chair. As the discussion commenced, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra proposed that only female members be permitted to speak as the department relates to women and children. Consensus was arrived at on the Minister’s suggestion.
The discussion was followed by a reply by Minister Maya Singh who said, “Usha Kiran centres will be opened in all 51 districts for providing medical assistance, transport, legal aid, police and counselling under a single roof to violence-affected women and girls.” The House then passed demands exceeding Rs 2,706 crore by voice vote. Replying to a discussion on budgetary demands for his departments; Transport, Science and Information Technology and Public Services Management Minister Bhoopendra Singh said, “By 2018, broadband Internet connectivity will be made available even at panchayat level.” Following the reply, demands in excess of Rs 439 cr were passed by voice vote.