Chandigarh:In an obvious haste to get the things done before the code of conduct, the Punjab assembly passed nine bills in just 45 minutes, without any debate or controversy raised by the legislators.
The nine bills which were passed in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha included Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Amendment) Bill, 2016, CT University Bill, 2016, The Punjab Ad hoc, contractual, Daily wage, Temporary, Work Charged and Outsourced Employees’ Welfare Bill , 2016, The Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institution Bill, 2016, The Punjab School Education Board (amendment) Bill, 2016, The Punjab Bhagwan Valmiki Ji Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath) Shrine Board Bill, 2016, The Punjab State Commission for Women (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, The Punjab Allotment of State Government Land Bill, 2016 and The Punjab State Commission for Minorities (Third Amendment) Bill,2016.
The Vidhan Sabha on Monday presented an unusual scene as except a minor addition proposed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, no MLA even opted to speak throughout the process. If they spoke, it was not about the legislative business but to discuss the campaign strategy and the allocation of tickets only. And, the bench of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal witnessed the maximum activity for all willing to have word with him.
Notably, the decision to call a special session was taken after a delegation led by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and senior BJP minister Madan Mohan Mittal visited Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore on Friday, requesting him to sign the ordinances, where they didn’t get a positive response as the Governor suggested them to take Vidhan Sabha route for getting the things done.
In the wake of that, a Cabinet meeting was called the same evening which recommended a one-day session to get the pending bills passed in the House. By late evening, the government had also got the approval from the Governor to bring in some money Bills.
One post added in Women commission
In an attempt to deal with the task to serve the cause of women in a better way, a post of Senior Vice-Chairperson has been created as to join hands with the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Commission for the empowerment, protection, upliftment and promotion of the common interest of women. After the Punjab State Commission for Women Amendment Bill, 2016 passed on Monday, now Chairperson, vice-chairperson and 10 members can be appointed in the Punjab State Women Commission as per the provisions. At present, Chairperson, Vice-chairperson and nine members are working in the Punjab State Women Commission.
Bill to check fleecing of parents in schools
After witnessing hue and cry all around for the unaided schools fleecing parents, Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday passed Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institution Bill, 2016.
As per the details of the bill, an unaided Educational institution shall be competent to fix its fee and it may also increase the same after taking into account the need to generate funds to run the institution and to provide facilities necessary for the benefit of the students provided that while taking such decision it will keep in view the factors:
The infrastructure or increasing facilities available or to be made available in the unaided educational instruction, the investment made and salaries paid to the teachers and staff and the future plans for expansion and betterment of institution, subject however, to the restrictions of non profiteering and non-charging of capitation fee.
It is also mentioned that the fee fixed shall be displayed by every unaided educational institution at the conspicuous place in the school premises
The institution shall also ensure that the fee or funds charged by it from the parents and guardians are not diverted from such institution to the society or the trust, as the case may be.
‘Will make Badals pay for lives lost due to anti-farmer policies’
Chandigarh: Expressing anguish and concern over a spate of farmer suicides in Punjab in the past than 24 hours, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has urged the debt-ridden farmers of the state to refrain from taking such an extreme step as their woes would end soon, once the Congress takes over the reins of Punjab post elections, while promising to avenge the death of every single farmer falling prey to the Badal government’s anti-farmer policies.
In a statement, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said the suicides by three-debt ridden farmers, and another by a farmer duped of his hard-earned money by a chit fund company agent, had exposed the lies of the Badal government on the issue of mounting farm loans and farmer problems in the state.
Captain Amarinder lambasted the Badals for indulging in politicization of his farm loan waiver promise while farmers were killing themselves under debt burden. He exhorted the farmers to give him the chance to fulfill his debt waiver promise. DP
Ghuggi questions timing of approving Bills in assembly
CHANDIGARH: Terming the passage of some popular bills by the SAD-BJP government in the special session of assembly as ‘fraud’ with the people, state convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi on Monday said people would give a befitting reply in the upcoming assembly poll for committing such a “fraud” with them. DP
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