By TC News Desk
Agartala, September 23, 2022: On the first day of the monsoon session of the state assembly, Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman raised the issues- conviction rate poor in state, extension of assembly session and publication of JRBT results.
In a query, Roy Barman said “Why the conviction rate is so poor in the state compared to the national average is over 50 percent.” In reply, Law minister Ratan Lal Nath said “The average conviction rate in IPC cases was 8.42 percent till August 31 last and the rate in other cases is 39.59 percent. The court cannot be instructed by the government in sentencing. The conviction rate in IPC cases in the state was 7.31 percent in 2017 and at present, it is 8.42 percent.”
Congress MLA could not be satisfied with the Law Minister’s reply and said that due to weakness in investigation and prosecution, the conviction rate in Tripura had declined. He alleged “In the appointment of PP and APP, factionalism is being done.” Roy Barman sought the Chief Minister’s attention to consider the hike in conviction rate. However, Law minister advised Congress MLA to suggest the Home Minister about how the investigation procedure should be. “Our aim is to provide transparent administration. We will definitely consider your suggestion because you are my old friend”, the law minister said jokingly.
On the other hand, Roy Barman urged the Speaker to increase the duration of assembly from two days to three days atleast as they are many issues which are pertinent to be discussed. “Even the Parliament guidelines say that the sessions of the state assembly should be for atleast 50-60 days in a year. But with the change of government also, the session’s duration is not changing”, he added.
At last, Congress MLA also sought Labour minister Bhagaban Das’ attention regarding the announcement of results of the Group-D and Group-C posts. More than a year has been passed off, but the results have not been declared yet. The stay order has been lifted by the High Court on publication of results. In reply, Labour minister said that action will be taken as soon as possible as the present state government is having a positive outlook towards job candidates.