Govt introducing bills in undue haste: RJD
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:38
Patna: Opposition RJD on Tuesday staged a noisy walk-out from the Bihar assembly accusing the state government of introducing 12 bills in "undue haste".

Soon after the introduction of the bills in the house in the second half, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui said the bills were being placed in the house by the state government without circulating them among the members in advance.

Quoting the Rules of Executive Business of the House, Siddiqui said copies of the bills were made available to the members much after the time stipulated which is against the spirit of the Constitution.

"The state government has brought these bills in undue haste," he alleged adding if there was any urgency of enacting the legislation the state government should have brought an ordinance.

"Bringing these bills in undue haste is violative of the Rules of Executive Business and norms laid down by the meeting of the presiding officers," he said.

State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav, however, insisted that the bills have been brought in the house with prior permission of Speaker UN Choudhary and therefore the plea by Siddiqui in the house be turned down.

Choudhary then ruled that he had allowed tabling of the bills in keeping with the rules and asked the minister concerned to introduce the bills.

Opposition MLAs staged a walk-out after the ruling and the state assembly passed bills seeking to curtail powers of the governor, who is also chancellor of universities in Bihar.

Tabling the Bihar State University Commission bill, 2011 in the second-half, state Human Resources Minister PK Sahi said the bill provided for constituting a commission for ensuring recruitments of teaching and non-teaching employees of universities, constituent and affiliated colleges.

The house also passed by voice vote the Bihar State University (Amendment) Bill, 2011 and Patna University Amendment bill, 2011 seeking to curtail sweeping powers of the governor in matters related to the appointment of vice-chancellors and other administrative activities.

The house also adopted Bihar Muncipality (Amendment) Bill, 2011 which would allow appointment of an ombudsman who would hear and dispose of corruption-related cases in respect of mayors, deputy mayors and councillors. It would also facilitate a mechanism for recall of councillors involved in irregularities and non-performance.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:38

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