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SIKKIM-Budget Session Wrangles Ahead

January 14, 1978 SIKKIM Budget Session: Wrangles Ahead Tushar Ranjan Patranabis THE ensuing Budget session of the Sikkim Assembly, scheduled to meet in the last week of February, is expected to be a stormy one; both Cha- tur Singh Roy, who resigned as Speaker last September on the question of recognising the opposition party, and Nar Bahadur Khatiwada, who leads the seven-member opposition owing allegiance to the Sikkim Prajatantra Congress in the Assembly, arc agreed on this. Although groomed in parliamentary practice by Kazi Lhendup Dorji Khangsarpa, Khatiwada is now the st acrimonious opponent of Kazi. According to him, the Kazi reign is "butchering" parliamentary democracy and is trying to perpetuate a "corrupt, anti-people administration". With a population of less than three lakhs, Sikkim has 32 MLAs and the ruling party

WEST BENGAL-Wasted Waterways

"MOST of the waterways in West Bengal are badly silted up and the process of siltation is still continuing. The waterways, therefore, require to be revitalised. The [hydrographic] survey [under progress] will indicate the bed formations, channel alignment* navigable path and depths in the different sections of the waterways. The result of the survey will open up scope for drawing up different inland water transport schemes for economic uplift- ment of the state and also for main- taining navigability of the rivers, etc. Arrangements for the survey of a stretch of 34 km of the Matla-Bidya- dhari river system were made during the last financial year.

Farakka Project Calcutta Port s Fate in the Balance

Balance Tushar Ranjan Patranabis The Farakka Barrage was completed nearly five years ago. The feeder canal is ready for commissioning; just cutting a crossbar wilt enable Farakka waters to flow into the Hooghly via the Bhagirathi to rejuvenate Calcutta port and revitalise Calcutta's water supply. But political difficulties bar the fructification of the project.

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