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LS nod to Bill for national importance status on youth institute

The Lok Sabha on Monday presented a picture of sportsmanship.

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday presented a picture of sportsmanship.

Every issue the Opposition sought to raise on the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development Bill-2011, had already been considered and changes incorporated in the legislation by the government.
The amended Bill, which seeks to declare the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Kanchipuram, as an institution of national importance, was passed unanimously by a voice vote after a brief discussion.

The existing institute at Sriperumbudur was set up in 1993 with the objective of undertaking advanced study in youth related activities. In 2011, the report of the Mentor Group of the Ministry of Youth Affairs recommended conversion of the existing institute into an institution of national importance.

As Kirti Azad (BJP) raised the issue of setting up an Academic Council and Financial Council for the institute as suggested by the Mentor Group, Youth Affairs Minister Ajay Maken got up to state that these issues were already addressed in the Amendments moved by the government, which the member may not have seen.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj was also heard prompting Azad saying the issues have been addressed in the Amendments which have been circulated earlier.

Similar scenes were repeated when Azad sought to raise the issue of the composition of the Executive Council, Academic Council and the Finance Committee, prompting the BJP member to curtail his speech.


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