Gandhinagar: Gujarat Assembly on Monday
passed a Bill to repeal an Act that sought to regulate the
functioning of public charitable trusts in the state.
The Gujarat Public Trusts (Repeal) Bill, 2012 was
passed unopposed. It repealed the Gujarat Public Trust Act
(Amendment), 2011 cleared by the Assembly in last March.
Leader of Opposition and Congress member Shaktisinh
Gohil welcomed the move.
The repeal Bill was introduced in the Assembly by
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Dilip Sanghani.
The Act was likely to affect the functioning of public
trusts involved in charitable work in the state.
"In less than a year, the Government had to bring in a
Bill to repeal an Act, which the Congress had opposed tooth
and nail when it was tabled last year," Gohil said.
The Congress had alleged the BJP Government was trying
to gain control over public trusts in the state.
The amendment in Gujarat Public Trust Act, 2011, aimed
at removing existing provisions for sale of trusts, lifetime
trusteeship and inheritance of trusteeship by family members.
It cleared by Governor Kamla in June 2011.
Public, charitable and religious trusts had raised a
hue and cry, saying the Act will facilitate Government control
over their functioning.
Due to opposition from religious and charitable
trusts, the Government had withheld its implementation and
formed a Cabinet sub-committee under Finance Minister Vajubhai
Vala to recommend suggestions.
After hearing public, trusts and others the panel
recommended abolition of the amendment to the Act, which was
approved by the Cabinet early this month.