Bihar Assembly passes Right to Public Services Bill
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Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011, 18:55
Patna: Bihar Assembly on Monday unanimously passed the Right to Public Services Bill 2011, seeking to weed out corruption from utility services being provided to the public.

State Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav introduced the Bill, in keeping with the promises made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in this regard.

The House later adopted the Bill unanimously without any debate.

After introduction of the Bill, Kumar said the new legislation would ensure delivery of public utility services like issuing of caste, income and character certificates as well as driving licences in a time-bound manner.

"It will help uproot corruption in providing public utility services," he claimed, adding it was yet another revolutionary step taken by his government to check corruption.

He hoped that the new law would be notified and come into effect from August 15, 2011 after completing all the related formalities.

"The law will also fix the responsibilities of the officials in discharge of their services for its appropriate implementation," Kumar said, adding online monitoring of the applications and their disposal process would be made and it would strengthen the people's trust in democracy.

The House also passed by voice vote Bihar Administrative Tribunal Bill, 2011 seeking to set up a tribunal on the pattern of CAT for redressal of grievances and problems of the members of the State Administrative Services.

The state Assembly also unanimously adopted the Criminal Procedure Code (Bihar Amendment) Bill 2011 seeking to make Section 353 of the code "bailable instead of non-bailable."

"Demonstration and protests are democratic right of people which strengthens democracy... making the section non-bailable is not justified," the chief minister said.

He said his government would soon forward the Bill for the Centre's assent for effecting suitable amendment to treat the offence as bailable.

Kumar said all the political parties should support the step and the section be made bailable all over India.


First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011, 18:55

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