Governor returns Nitish`s three bills

Sharpening differences between Rajbhavan and Nitish Kumar government came to the fore with Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar returning three bills pending with him since March.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011, 16:41 PM IST

Patna: Sharpening differences between
Rajbhavan and Nitish Kumar government came to the fore with
Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar returning three bills pending
with him since March.

"The Governor has returned Bihar State University
Service Commission Bill, Bihar Administrative Tribunal Bill
and the Bihar Teachers and Staff Disputes Redressal Authority
Bill 2011 recently raising certain objections," Rajbhavan
sources said today.

The bills were pending with the governor since March 28
when both houses of the state legislature passed them.

He has, however, recommended Bihar Criminal Procedures
Amendment Bill to the president for approval, official sources
said.

Konwar in his capacity of governor is the chancellor of
universities in Bihar. Bihar State University Commission Bill
2011 seeks to constitute a commission for ensuring appointment
and promotion of employees and teachers, curtailing the powers
of vice-chancellors.

According to official sources, the governor is also
withholding his assent to two other bills-- Bihar State
University (Amendmment) Bill, 2011 and Patna University
(Amendment) Bill, 2011 which seek to curtail the powers of the
governor in the appointment of vice-chancellors.

The Governor had not given his nod to the tabling of the
two bills, which were later placed with the assent of the
speaker.

PTI