Haryana passes SEZ (Amendment) Bill; INLD stages walkout

Chandigarh: The Haryana Assembly, on the last day of its sitting today, passed eleven Bills including the Special Economic Zone (Amendment) Bill, 2010, on which Opposition INLD staged a walkout, alleging that Government was making an attempt to give benefit to an industrial house.

The Bill, introduced by state Industries Minister Mahender Partap Singh, seeks to provide for refund of stamp duty on land collected from developers of SEZs in the state once notification is done.

Earlier, there was no provision in the Haryana SEZ Act, 2005, for refund of the stamp duty paid by developer on registration of land purchased for the SEZ before its notification whereas the Central SEZ Act, 2005, provides for such a provision.

Strongly objecting the introduction of the Bill, Leader of Opposition and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala charged that Government was making an attempt to provide benefit to the tune of Rs 70 crore to a leading industrial house.

He also made some remarks which were later expunged.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Surjewala and Congress MLA Raghubir Singh Kadian told Speaker H S Chatha that Chautala had no right to cast "aspersions".

The Bill was then passed by the House in the absence of Opposition members who staged a brief walkout.

The House also passed Haryana Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill -- through which the state is expected to mop up around Rs 300 crore annually -- and the Private Universities (Amendment) Bill among others.

Later, the Speaker adjourned the assembly sine die.